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 São Paulo (USP), Brazil 14.76 21.45 113 33.5%
2 University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina 3.35 7.91 35 116.8%
3 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil 8.11 6.65 28 -24.6%
4 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), Chile 3.89 6.19 37 46.4%
5 University of Chile, Chile 3.67 4.36 30 9.3%
6 Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil 2.62 4.31 24 51.3%
7 State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil 2.37 4.18 28 61.9%
8 Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH), Peru 0.96 2.41 10 129.5%
9 Rosario National University (UNR), Argentina 1.02 2.23 10 100.3%
10 São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil 3.09 2.14 17 -36.3%
11 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil 1.36 2.10 7 41.9%
12 Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil 1.68 1.91 12 4.6%
13 University of the Republic (UDELAR), Uruguay 2.36 1.70 7 -33.6%
14 Andres Bello University (UNAB), Chile 1.65 1.28 17 -28.7%
15 University of Talca (UTALCA), Chile 0.59 1.26 6 95.8%
16 National University of Córdoba (UNC), Argentina 0.26 1.25 10 342.0%
17 Universidad Mayor, Chile 0.99 1.22 10 13.3%
18 Austral University of Chile (UACh), Chile 0.81 1.16 10 31.7%
19 Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE), Ecuador 0.75 1.15 3 39.6%
20 Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), Brazil 0.15 1.04 2 528.6%
21 Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI), Chile 0.36 1.00 2 155.2%
22 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 0.47 1.00 12 97.7%
23 Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil 0.34 0.97 6 160.6%
24 Universidad del Rosario, Colombia 0.46 0.90 5 78.6%
25 Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil 1.08 0.86 8 -26.9%
26 National University of Quilmes (UNQ), Argentina 0.24 0.85 2 219.7%
27 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Brazil 1.23 0.79 7 -40.8%
28 University of Santiago, Chile (Usach), Chile 0.56 0.79 7 29.7%
29 University of Concepción (UdeC), Chile 1.38 0.78 12 -48.3%
30 Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 1.39 0.76 8 -49.5%
31 Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Brazil 0.04 0.75 6 1,548.1%
32 University of Brasília (UnB), Brazil 0.13 0.70 4 379.8%
33 National University of General San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina 0.58 0.60 7 -5.9%
34 University of Antofagasta, Chile 0.27 0.59 4 102.1%
35 Catholic University of the North (UCN), Chile 0.22 0.58 3 141.1%
36 Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil 0.30 0.56 4 71.7%
37 National University of La Plata (UNLP), Argentina 0.64 0.56 7 -20.2%
38 National University Arturo Jauretche (UNAJ), Argentina 0.54 2 N/A
39 Los Andes University, Colombia 0.62 0.51 5 -23.9%
40 National University of the Litoral (UNL), Argentina 0.92 0.50 4 -49.9%
41 National University of Comahue (UNCo), Argentina 0.25 0.46 4 68.9%
42 Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), Brazil 0.09 0.46 4 350.7%
43 Universidad San Sebastián (USS), Chile 0.58 0.41 5 -34.6%
44 Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil 0.24 0.40 3 54.9%
45 University of Antioquia (UdeA), Colombia 0.33 0.39 7 9.8%
46 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia 0.47 0.38 8 -26.6%
47 Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), Peru 0.01 0.38 1 6,066.6%
48 National University of Colombia (UNAL), Colombia 0.06 0.35 8 438.1%
49 University of Valparaíso (UV), Chile 0.75 0.34 4 -57.6%
50 National University of Tucumán (UNT), Argentina 0.05 0.34 3 507.6%
51 Federal University of São João del-Rei (UFSJ), Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
51 University of São Caetano do Sul (USCS), Brazil 0.33 1 N/A
52 Universidad Autónoma de Chile (UA), Chile 0.12 0.32 2 142.4%
53 National University of San Antonio Abad in Cuzco (UNSAAC), Peru 0.26 0.32 4 12.0%
54 Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil 0.28 0.31 4 2.6%
55 National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru 0.61 0.31 3 -53.3%
56 Scientific University of the South (UCSUR), Peru 0.30 3 N/A
57 Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela 0.03 0.30 5 772.4%
58 State University of Norte Fluminense (UENF), Brazil 0.29 2 N/A
59 Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Peru 0.14 0.29 3 90.2%
60 Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil 0.49 0.27 5 -48.6%
61 University of Tarapacá (UTA), Chile 0.13 0.27 3 86.3%
62 University of Cartagena, Colombia 0.19 0.27 3 32.1%
63 National University of Mar Del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina 0.06 0.26 4 316.9%
64 Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), Chile 0.15 0.25 5 56.7%
65 Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil 0.01 0.25 4 3,695.0%
66 Fundação Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Brazil 0.00 0.25 1 10,097.2%
67 University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), Brazil 0.00 0.25 2 13,037.0%
68 Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL), Brazil 0.03 0.24 6 687.5%
69 University of Valle, Colombia 0.60 0.23 3 -65.1%
70 Maimonides University, Argentina 0.11 0.22 3 83.7%
71 Universidad de O'Higgins (UOH), Chile 0.02 0.21 3 1,127.5%
72 Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador 0.22 0.21 3 -15.7%
73 Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Brazil 0.20 1 N/A
74 Universidad de las Américas (UDLA), Ecuador 0.05 0.20 3 237.7%
75 Catholic University of Pelotas (UCPEL), Brazil 0.04 0.18 1 351.0%
76 Universidad del Pacífico, Peru 0.17 1 N/A
76 University of Santander (UDES), Colombia 0.17 1 N/A
77 Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil 0.06 0.16 3 134.1%
78 National University of Central Buenos Aires (UNICEN), Argentina 0.25 0.16 3 -41.1%
79 National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina 0.03 0.15 3 306.3%
80 Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM), Bolivia 0.13 0.15 3 0.3%
81 Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Brazil 0.15 2 N/A
82 State University of Santa Cruz (UESC), Brazil 0.04 0.14 1 194.8%
82 National University of Entre Ríos (UNER), Argentina 0.14 1 N/A
83 Universidad del Norte, Colombia 0.14 2 N/A
84 University of San Simón (UMSS), Bolivia 0.06 0.14 4 111.8%
85 Fluminense Federal University (UFF), Brazil 0.07 0.13 3 59.5%
86 Austral University, Argentina 0.13 2 N/A
87 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Brazil 0.28 0.13 4 -57.4%
88 Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil 0.05 0.13 3 145.3%
89 Universidade Paulista (UNIP), Brazil 0.05 0.13 1 152.6%
90 Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA), Bolivia 0.42 0.12 2 -72.8%
91 Icesi University, Colombia 0.00 0.12 3 12,398.6%
92 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil 0.00 0.12 2 2,659.6%
93 Catholic University of Maule (UCM), Chile 0.01 0.12 4 812.0%
94 Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), Brazil 0.04 0.10 1 148.8%
95 Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial (UTE), Ecuador 0.10 1 N/A
96 Amazon Regional University (IKIAM), Ecuador 0.00 0.10 3 9,814.3%
97 National University of Trujillo (UNT), Peru 0.10 1 N/A
97 Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Brazil 0.10 1 N/A
98 Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil 1.30 0.09 2 -93.4%
99 Mato Grosso State University (UNEMAT), Brazil 0.00 0.09 3 1,792.5%
100 Instituto de Alta Tecnologia Medica (IATM), Colombia 0.09 2 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.