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 Barcelona (UB), Spain 18.34 20.25 167 1.5%
2 Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Spain 11.38 13.93 130 12.5%
3 Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain 11.84 12.34 88 -4.3%
4 Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain 6.80 8.04 99 8.6%
5 University of Salamanca (USAL), Spain 4.03 7.67 27 75.0%
6 University of Valencia (UV), Spain 2.48 7.66 45 184.1%
7 Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain 3.10 6.06 71 79.9%
8 Pablo de Olavide University (UPO), Spain 3.01 5.82 31 77.6%
9 University of Seville (US), Spain 3.55 4.62 35 19.4%
10 University of Navarra (UNAV), Spain 5.23 3.99 24 -29.9%
11 University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain 3.32 3.77 45 4.4%
12 University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain 3.21 3.38 37 -3.4%
13 University of Granada (UGR), Spain 3.10 3.17 26 -5.8%
14 Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH), Spain 6.13 3.02 17 -54.8%
15 University of Murcia (UMU), Spain 5.04 2.91 16 -46.9%
16 University of Cantabria (UC), Spain 0.54 2.67 17 352.3%
17 University of Málaga (UMA), Spain 1.97 2.14 11 0.1%
18 University of Extremadura (UEx), Spain 0.56 1.94 5 216.7%
19 University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain 1.62 1.79 21 1.3%
20 King Juan Carlos University (URJC), Spain 3.18 1.64 12 -52.6%
21 University of Oviedo (UniOvi), Spain 1.80 1.64 23 -16.3%
22 University of Alcalá (UAH), Spain 1.20 1.55 21 18.1%
23 Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain 2.63 1.35 15 -52.8%
24 University of Vigo (UVIGO), Spain 1.34 1.30 17 -11.4%
25 University of Lleida (UDL), Spain 1.03 1.27 7 12.6%
26 University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain 1.62 1.05 11 -40.5%
27 Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain 1.12 0.90 8 -26.0%
28 Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain 0.73 0.89 15 11.5%
29 University of Cádiz (UCA), Spain 1.03 0.86 8 -23.0%
30 University of Almeria (UAL), Spain 0.01 0.71 6 7,021.1%
31 University of Cordoba (UCO), Spain 0.64 0.64 7 -8.1%
32 University of A Coruña (UDC), Spain 0.75 0.55 3 -33.1%
33 University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain 0.33 0.53 6 46.1%
34 Charles III University of Madrid (UC3M), Spain 0.08 0.50 14 459.0%
35 Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Spain 0.73 0.46 3 -42.7%
36 University of Alicante (UA), Spain 0.78 0.46 5 -46.3%
37 University of Valladolid (UVa), Spain 0.65 0.44 7 -38.9%
38 University of La Rioja (UR), Spain 0.35 0.41 4 6.9%
39 Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE), Spain 0.33 1 N/A
40 Comillas Pontifical University (UPCO), Spain 0.06 0.30 2 374.1%
41 University of Girona (UdG), Spain 1.33 0.30 10 -79.4%
42 CEU Cardinal Herrera University, Spain 0.23 0.27 2 11.8%
43 University of León (ULE), Spain 0.23 0.27 3 8.9%
44 San Pablo CEU University (USPCEU), Spain 0.11 0.24 6 92.9%
45 Rovira i Virgili University (URV), Spain 1.17 0.24 10 -81.6%
46 Public University of Navarre (UPNA), Spain 0.39 0.23 9 -46.0%
47 IE University, Spain 0.20 1 N/A
48 University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain 2.49 0.17 5 -93.8%
49 University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), Spain 0.35 0.15 14 -59.5%
50 Jaume I University (UJI), Spain 0.31 0.14 5 -58.8%
51 University of Huelva (UHU), Spain 0.00 0.13 3 2,433.9%
51 University of Jaén (UJU), Spain 0.13 0.13 3 -11.1%
52 Francisco de Vitoria University (UFV), Spain 0.05 0.11 3 128.9%
53 Hospitales de Granada, Spain 0.00 0.08 4 1,921.3%
54 National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain 0.04 0.08 1 73.2%
55 Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain 0.04 0.06 2 40.6%
56 Valencia Catholic University Saint Vincent Martyr (UCV), Spain 0.15 0.05 1 -72.2%
57 University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain 0.45 0.04 2 -91.0%
58 European University of Madrid (UEM), Spain 0.28 0.04 2 -87.7%
59 HM Hospitales, Spain 0.03 1 N/A
60 Fernando Pessoa Canarias University (UFPC), Spain 0.02 0.03 3 49.4%
61 Fundació Jesuïtes Educació, Spain 0.03 1 N/A
62 Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM), Spain 0.48 0.02 1 -95.7%
63 Saint Louis University (SLU Madrid), Spain 0.02 0.01 1 -10.8%
63 University of Valencia Science Park, Spain 0.01 1 N/A
64 Ramon Llull University (URL), Spain 0.50 0.01 1 -98.4%
65 European University of the Atlantic, Spain 0.01 1 N/A
66 University of Deusto, Spain 0.01 1 N/A

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.