2021 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil 51.25 56.51 293 6.3%
2 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 14.98 18.03 126 16.1%
3 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 13.17 17.06 139 24.9%
4 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 12.32 16.77 122 31.2%
5 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 11.24 12.28 110 5.3%
6 Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil 4.06 10.89 31 158.8%
7 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 7.38 8.74 36 14.2%
8 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 5.16 8.37 30 56.4%
9 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 12.86 8.19 37 -38.6%
10 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 6.83 6.99 28 -1.4%
11 University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil 3.35 6.28 17 80.9%
12 Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil 3.09 5.80 16 81.0%
13 Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), Brazil 3.84 5.46 10 36.8%
14 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 4.18 5.27 76 21.7%
15 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 6.12 5.27 18 -16.9%
16 Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Brazil 2.55 4.70 60 77.3%
17 Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil 2.41 4.61 16 84.8%
18 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 3.81 4.17 13 5.5%
19 Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil 8.88 3.75 12 -59.2%
20 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil 5.22 3.66 16 -32.3%
21 Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil 4.88 3.21 56 -36.6%
22 Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil 5.37 3.05 39 -45.3%
23 Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil 1.87 2.93 8 51.3%
24 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 1.66 2.64 19 53.4%
25 Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brazil 1.09 2.24 12 97.6%
26 Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Brazil 0.01 2.15 19 25,110.1%
27 Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU), Brazil 2.73 2.11 9 -25.7%
28 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 2.69 2.06 14 -26.4%
29 Federal University of Latin American Integration (UNILA), Brazil 0.87 2.00 2 122.5%
30 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 0.69 1.96 7 172.3%
31 Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil 4.12 1.65 6 -61.3%
32 Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil 0.86 1.55 10 73.3%
33 Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), Brazil 4.35 1.53 3 -66.0%
34 Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), Brazil 2.80 1.52 5 -47.6%
35 Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Brazil 0.21 1.46 8 576.8%
36 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil 2.90 1.36 39 -54.7%
37 Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Brazil 0.91 1.31 5 39.0%
38 State University of Norte Fluminense (UENF), Brazil 1.29 3 N/A
39 Federal University of Technology - Paraná (UTFPR), Brazil 0.85 1.29 5 46.3%
40 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil 0.58 1.26 6 107.5%
41 Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brazil 0.10 1.00 1 826.8%
41 Federal University of Tocantins, Brazil 0.34 1.00 1 183.7%
41 State University of Piauí (UESPI), Brazil 1.00 1 N/A
42 State University of Santa Cruz (UESC), Brazil 1.35 0.91 4 -35.2%
43 State University of Londrina (UEL), Brazil 1.00 0.86 3 -17.5%
44 University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Brazil 0.00 0.84 7 46,777.9%
45 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil 1.23 0.79 7 -37.9%
46 Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Brazil 0.29 0.75 3 147.3%
47 Mackenzie Presbyterian University (UPM), Brazil 1.33 0.74 5 -45.9%
48 State University of Paraíba (UEPB), Brazil 0.85 0.62 2 -29.9%
49 Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil 0.32 0.60 1 81.9%
50 Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil 0.53 0.52 44 -5.8%
51 Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM), Brazil 0.36 0.50 2 34.4%
52 State University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UEMS), Brazil 0.50 1 N/A
53 Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais (CEFET-MG), Brazil 0.46 3 N/A
54 Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul (UNISC), Brazil 0.41 3 N/A
55 City University of São Paulo (UNICID), Brazil 0.40 1 N/A
56 Federal University of Southern Border (UFFS), Brazil 0.58 0.36 2 -41.3%
57 Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Brazil 0.17 0.35 2 102.5%
58 University of São Caetano do Sul (USCS), Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
59 Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste (UNICENTRO), Brazil 0.30 2 N/A
60 Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil 0.01 0.30 5 4,678.8%
61 University of Paraíba Valley (UNIVAP), Brazil 0.30 2 N/A
62 Federal University of Sergipe (UFS), Brazil 0.19 0.26 6 36.9%
63 Fundação Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Brazil 0.00 0.25 1 10,603.1%
63 Universidade Federal do Cariri (UFCA), Brazil 0.25 0.25 1 -3.6%
63 Universidade Estadual da Região Tocantina do Maranhão (UEMASUL), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
63 Federal University of Piauí (UFPI), Brazil 0.25 1 N/A
64 Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Norte de Minas Gerais (IFNMG), Brazil 0.24 3 N/A
65 Universidade Federal de Alfenas, Brazil 0.33 0.19 4 -44.9%
66 Goiano Federal Institute (IFGOIANO), Brazil 0.06 0.18 3 210.2%
67 Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPEL), Brazil 0.04 0.18 1 373.4%
68 Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais (UEMG), Brazil 0.18 3 N/A
69 Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFET), Brazil 0.61 0.17 3 -73.1%
70 Universidade do Oeste de Santa Catarina (UNOESC), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
70 Instituto Federal do Pará (IFPA), Brazil 0.17 1 N/A
71 State University of Maringá (UEM), Brazil 1.68 0.14 1 -91.8%
72 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Brazil 0.28 0.13 35 -53.2%
73 Ponta Grossa State University (UEPG), Brazil 0.20 0.13 2 -39.1%
74 Universidade Paulista (UNIP), Brazil 0.12 0.13 1 3.1%
75 University of the State of Amazonas (UEA), Brazil 0.59 0.12 3 -79.6%
76 Federal University Foundation of Rio Grande (FURG), Brazil 0.12 2 N/A
77 Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), Brazil 0.04 0.10 1 161.1%
78 Centro Universitrio Estadual da Zona Oeste (UEZO), Brazil 0.10 1 N/A
79 Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Brazil 0.10 1 N/A
80 Mato Grosso State University (UNEMAT), Brazil 0.00 0.09 3 1,886.4%
81 University of Pernambuco (UPE), Brazil 0.02 0.09 2 328.6%
82 Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Brazil 0.08 0.08 2 -1.6%
83 State University of Feira de Santana (UEFS), Brazil 0.02 0.08 4 292.6%
84 University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), Brazil 0.13 0.07 2 -43.0%
85 Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Sertão Pernambucano (IF Sertão-PE), Brazil 0.07 1 N/A
85 Federal Institute of Minas Gerais (IFMG), Brazil 0.07 1 N/A
86 Federal University of Acre (UFAC), Brazil 0.00 0.07 3 1,301.2%
87 Federal University of Pampa (UNIPAMPA), Brazil 0.13 0.06 1 -51.8%
87 Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil 1.54 0.06 1 -96.1%
87 Dom Bosco Catholic University (UCDB), Brazil 0.06 1 N/A
88 Universidade Estadual do Maranhão (UEMA), Brazil 0.01 0.06 1 433.2%
89 Centro Universitário Barão de Mauá, Brazil 0.06 1 N/A
90 Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFSC), Brazil 0.05 1 N/A
91 Federal University of Western Pará (UFOPA), Brazil 0.51 0.05 3 -90.9%
92 Universidade de Sorocaba (UNISO), Brazil 0.05 1 N/A
92 Faculdade Meridional (IMED), Brazil 0.05 1 N/A
92 Regional University of Northwestern Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUÍ), Brazil 0.05 1 N/A
93 Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (CEFET-RJ), Brazil 0.05 4 N/A
94 Franciscan University, Brazil 0.04 1 N/A
95 Escola Estadual Maria Miranda Araújo, Brazil 0.03 1 N/A
96 Federal University of Grande Dourados (UFGD), Brazil 0.03 0.03 1 -18.0%
97 Centro Universitário Estácio de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil 0.02 1 N/A
98 Federal Rural University of the Amazon (UFRA), Brazil 0.33 0.02 2 -95.6%
99 University of San Francisco (USF), Brazil 0.01 1 N/A
99 Faculty of Medicine of São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Brazil 0.17 0.01 1 -92.6%
100 University of Vila Velha (UVV), Brazil 0.01 0.01 1 -13.3%
100 Centro Universitário de Rio Preto (UNIRP), Brazil 0.01 0.01 1 -13.3%
101 Acre Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology (IFAC), Brazil 0.01 1 N/A
102 Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), Brazil 0.01 1 N/A
103 Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), Brazil 0.02 0.00 1 -79.5%
104 Bahia School of Medicine and Public Health (BAHIANA), Brazil 0.02 0.00 2 -89.1%

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