2021 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - 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 Nanjing University (NJU), China 81.37 86.09 264 2.3%
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 62.79 68.44 378 5.4%
3 Peking University (PKU), China 51.36 68.17 274 28.3%
4 Tongji University, China 56.46 65.10 217 11.5%
5 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 52.05 58.33 163 8.4%
6 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 54.93 55.49 144 -2.3%
7 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 34.51 52.03 158 45.8%
8 Tsinghua University, China 41.63 50.01 183 16.2%
9 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 34.47 46.24 115 29.7%
10 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 49.91 45.41 141 -12.0%
11 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 30.31 43.28 139 38.1%
12 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 32.15 39.75 191 19.5%
13 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 35.91 37.49 88 0.9%
14 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 29.29 34.17 77 12.8%
15 Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China 23.34 32.43 136 34.3%
16 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 33.56 28.80 65 -17.0%
17 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 24.50 27.46 106 8.4%
18 Fudan University, China 14.71 27.12 79 78.3%
19 Wuhan University (WHU), China 28.19 26.51 56 -9.1%
20 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 26.09 25.06 61 -7.1%
21 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 10.50 24.82 85 128.5%
22 Monash University, Australia 22.83 24.22 85 2.6%
23 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 12.37 22.86 61 78.7%
24 Curtin University, Australia 21.54 22.51 70 1.0%
25 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 15.57 22.48 29 39.6%
26 Nankai University (NKU), China 21.76 20.65 41 -8.2%
27 Jinan University (JNU), China 14.06 20.43 49 40.5%
28 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 19.10 20.06 53 1.6%
29 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 12.39 19.59 130 52.8%
30 Hohai University (HHU), China 9.62 19.48 46 95.9%
31 Tianjin University (TJU), China 12.92 19.06 175 42.6%
32 Hokkaido University, Japan 14.02 18.97 51 30.8%
33 Tohoku University, Japan 19.88 18.80 56 -8.6%
34 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 8.74 18.52 52 105.0%
35 National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan 10.63 17.22 50 56.6%
36 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 16.07 16.93 39 1.9%
37 China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China 22.03 16.55 46 -27.4%
38 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 20.33 15.32 28 -27.1%
39 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 13.08 15.03 65 11.2%
40 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 19.84 14.16 59 -31.0%
41 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 10.01 13.70 48 32.4%
42 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 9.26 13.08 59 36.6%
43 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 11.18 12.74 68 10.2%
44 Xiamen University (XMU), China 9.78 12.72 35 25.8%
45 Kyoto University, Japan 16.41 12.51 50 -26.3%
46 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 6.21 12.20 26 90.1%
47 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 15.83 11.44 65 -30.1%
48 Shandong University (SDU), China 8.55 11.15 143 26.0%
49 Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China 5.63 10.92 40 87.6%
50 Nagoya University, Japan 7.77 10.45 38 29.9%
51 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 9.72 10.37 27 3.2%
52 Macquarie University, Australia 11.35 10.25 42 -12.7%
53 Central South University (CSU), China 7.13 10.14 29 37.5%
54 Chongqing University (CQU), China 3.56 10.07 26 173.4%
55 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 15.59 10.00 36 -38.0%
56 The University of Auckland, New Zealand 7.21 9.44 31 26.6%
57 China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB), China 5.28 9.39 23 71.8%
58 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 4.89 8.89 29 75.7%
59 Hunan University (HNU), China 11.87 8.88 18 -27.6%
60 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 7.55 8.36 25 7.1%
61 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 8.33 7.98 35 -7.4%
62 Shanghai University (SHU), China 6.16 7.88 16 23.8%
63 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 4.98 7.62 32 48.0%
64 Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology (XAUAT), China 3.94 7.62 11 86.9%
65 Beihang University (BUAA), China 9.65 7.60 23 -23.8%
66 Southwest University (SWU), China 2.29 7.42 23 212.8%
67 University of Otago, New Zealand 10.13 7.19 27 -31.4%
68 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 10.99 6.95 36 -38.8%
69 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT Gandhinagar), India 4.61 6.93 10 45.3%
70 Yonsei University, South Korea 4.59 6.87 22 44.9%
71 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 3.83 6.85 20 72.9%
72 University of Tsukuba, Japan 3.01 6.76 17 117.1%
73 Sichuan University (SCU), China 3.54 6.71 17 83.2%
74 Kyushu University, Japan 9.89 6.68 23 -34.7%
75 National Central University (NCU), Taiwan 4.79 6.42 16 29.7%
76 China University of Petroleum (CUP), China 2.71 6.42 17 128.9%
77 Chengdu University of Technology (CDUT), China 1.78 6.39 18 246.4%
78 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 4.73 6.31 10 29.0%
79 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 5.88 6.29 36 3.6%
80 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 5.18 6.24 32 16.5%
81 University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia 7.74 6.20 30 -22.6%
82 Pusan National University (PNU), South Korea 5.04 6.16 19 18.1%
83 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 4.11 6.15 20 44.8%
84 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 4.98 6.08 10 18.0%
85 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea 0.94 5.95 14 510.1%
86 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 3.72 5.89 18 53.2%
87 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 3.81 5.73 7 45.7%
88 Victoria University of Wellington (Victoria), New Zealand 5.37 5.66 34 2.0%
89 Ehime University, Japan 4.91 5.54 16 9.1%
90 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 3.39 5.36 17 53.0%
91 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 5.42 5.33 29 -5.0%
92 Southern Cross University (SCU), Australia 4.81 5.24 16 5.4%
93 University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand 2.50 5.18 23 100.6%
94 Jilin University (JLU), China 3.44 5.12 12 44.0%
95 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 5.05 4.89 13 -6.5%
96 Jiangnan University, China 3.80 4.85 11 23.6%
97 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 5.93 4.79 9 -22.0%
98 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 1.90 4.74 12 141.7%
99 Sejong University, South Korea 4.21 4.59 9 5.4%
100 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India 3.07 4.53 9 42.4%

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.