2021 tables: Institutions - life 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 University of Paris, France 28.59 29.37 339 -5.6%
2 Sorbonne University, France 33.28 28.21 348 -22.1%
3 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 23.00 22.98 156 -8.2%
4 University of Montpellier, France 22.20 21.18 222 -12.3%
5 University of Bordeaux, France 13.77 17.59 124 17.4%
6 University of Toulouse, France 17.94 16.93 129 -13.3%
7 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 16.66 15.80 208 -12.8%
8 University of Lyon, France 13.90 14.06 144 -7.1%
9 University of Strasbourg, France 15.87 10.06 105 -41.8%
10 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 9.48 8.26 97 -19.9%
11 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 8.23 7.27 109 -18.8%
12 AgroParisTech, France 4.74 5.37 77 4.1%
13 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 4.54 4.55 62 -7.9%
14 École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), France 5.11 4.28 112 -23.1%
15 University of Lille Nord de France, France 3.74 3.58 54 -12.1%
16 Collège de France, France 3.55 2.63 54 -31.8%
17 University of Nantes, France 2.06 2.63 41 17.2%
18 ESPCI ParisTech, France 1.81 2.53 40 28.2%
19 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 1.24 2.44 64 80.4%
20 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 1.82 2.33 28 17.5%
21 University Clermont Auvergne, France 2.95 2.22 17 -30.9%
22 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 0.90 2.20 61 123.9%
23 University of Rennes 1, France 3.40 2.11 32 -42.9%
24 Montpellier SupAgro, France 2.14 2.03 46 -13.1%
25 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 1.47 1.98 29 23.6%
26 Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche en Alimentation, Santé Animale, Sciences Agronomiques et de l'Environnement (VetAgro Sup), France 1.42 1.87 33 21.5%
27 University Institute of France (IUF), France 0.53 1.56 25 167.9%
28 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 0.71 1.54 30 97.8%
29 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.89 1.49 9 -27.7%
30 University of La Rochelle, France 0.58 1.43 13 127.4%
31 Paris Dauphine University, France 1.53 1.39 50 -16.1%
32 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 0.52 1.39 13 146.6%
33 University of Lorraine (UL), France 0.90 1.14 15 15.8%
34 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 0.62 1.09 14 61.5%
35 Paul Valéry University (Montpellier III), France 0.85 1.01 40 9.3%
36 School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), France 1.25 0.97 37 -28.8%
37 University of Burgundy, France 1.52 0.97 26 -41.5%
38 Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), France 0.21 0.96 9 310.6%
39 University of Rouen, France 0.29 0.91 11 189.7%
40 École Polytechnique, France 1.52 0.91 32 -45.0%
41 The University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD), France 1.20 0.79 12 -39.0%
42 Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI Paris), France 0.55 0.78 4 31.7%
43 University of Angers, France 0.57 0.77 19 25.3%
44 University of Savoy (USMB), France 0.76 0.69 9 -16.7%
45 Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1), France 1.25 0.65 10 -51.9%
46 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
46 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
46 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
46 EDHEC Business School, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
46 SKEMA Business School, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
46 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.63 0.65 68 -4.9%
47 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 0.93 0.64 51 -36.7%
48 University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France 0.02 0.61 24 3,366.0%
49 University of Western Brittany (UBO), France 0.72 0.58 13 -25.9%
50 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 0.54 0.56 13 -4.2%
51 National Teacher Training School in Agronomy (ENSFEA), France 0.45 0.56 12 13.5%
52 Dijon University Hospital, France 0.85 0.55 15 -40.2%
53 Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France 0.29 0.54 13 70.7%
54 University of Poitiers, France 1.07 0.53 10 -54.3%
55 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 0.33 0.51 10 45.2%
56 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 0.30 0.50 27 52.2%
57 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 1.18 0.44 31 -65.9%
58 École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (ENTPE), France 0.25 0.43 4 59.3%
59 Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), France 0.05 0.40 24 700.1%
60 National Veterinary School of Alfort (ENVA), France 0.81 0.40 7 -55.1%
61 University of the French West Indies (UAG), France 0.32 0.35 17 1.0%
62 University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France 0.23 0.34 21 33.1%
63 National School of Agricultural Engineering of Bordeaux (ENITAB), France 0.04 0.32 4 693.7%
64 Institut National Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Agroalimentaires, Horticoles et du Paysage (Agrocampus Ouest), France 0.81 0.32 8 -63.5%
65 French School of Public Health (EHESP), France 0.21 0.28 15 23.6%
66 University of South Brittany (UBS), France 0.59 0.25 7 -61.3%
67 University of Avignon, France 0.17 0.25 4 35.3%
68 École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), France 0.19 0.24 5 15.1%
69 Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training (ISEN), France 0.22 2 N/A
70 University of Orléans, France 0.41 0.22 5 -50.6%
71 Université Bordeaux Montaigne (Bordeaux 3), France 0.11 0.22 2 79.1%
72 University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France 0.21 1 N/A
73 University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France 0.21 1 N/A
74 École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique (ENSAE ParisTech), France 0.35 0.21 25 -46.2%
75 Artois University, France 0.14 0.19 2 26.8%
76 Paris Observatory, France 0.09 0.17 16 78.6%
77 Pôle Supérieur d’Enseignement Artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB), France 0.02 0.17 20 843.4%
77 Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), France 0.08 0.17 20 93.3%
78 National Veterinary School of Lyon (ENVL), France 0.17 2 N/A
79 University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), France 0.49 0.15 5 -71.4%
80 ESSEC Business School, France 0.14 1 N/A
81 CY Cergy Paris University, France 0.25 0.13 3 -53.0%
82 UniLaSalle, France 0.13 1 N/A
83 Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM), France 0.10 1 N/A
84 Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA ParisTech), France 0.06 0.10 24 54.9%
85 Centre Universitaire de Formation et de Recherche de Mayotte (CUFR Mayotte), France 0.09 1 N/A
86 Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science and Engineering (Oniris), France 0.18 0.08 4 -56.3%
87 HEC Paris, France 0.30 0.08 23 -73.8%
88 University of Limoges (ULIM), France 0.36 0.08 2 -78.8%
89 National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies (ENSMM), France 0.03 0.08 13 181.6%
89 University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France 0.03 0.08 13 181.6%
90 École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), France 0.02 0.08 25 226.1%
90 Centrale Graduate School, France 0.02 0.08 25 226.1%
91 École Normale Supérieure de Rennes (ENS Rennes), France 0.08 2 N/A
92 Université de Guyane, France 0.01 0.08 5 588.5%
93 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France 0.02 0.08 10 214.1%
94 Burgundy School of Business, France 0.03 0.07 12 148.8%
95 University of Paris-Est (UPE), France 0.26 0.07 1 -76.2%
96 National School for Water and Environmental Engineering of Strasbourg (ENGEES), France 0.06 3 N/A
97 National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), France 0.12 0.06 9 -56.8%
98 University of Haute-Alsace (UHA), France 0.00 0.06 4 1,924.4%
99 University of New Caledonia (UNC), France 0.11 0.05 6 -56.0%
100 Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nîmes (CHU de Nîmes), France 0.04 0.05 3 32.1%

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.