2021 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 167.83 183.49 614 1.8%
2 Peking University (PKU), China 151.03 166.78 668 2.8%
3 Tsinghua University, China 184.46 164.93 696 -16.8%
4 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 130.93 143.33 907 1.9%
5 Nanjing University (NJU), China 129.22 134.51 410 -3.1%
6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 83.98 116.40 373 29.0%
7 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 90.89 114.35 352 17.1%
8 Fudan University, China 95.09 90.25 300 -11.7%
9 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 44.60 83.50 247 74.3%
10 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 86.92 79.81 215 -14.5%
11 Soochow University, China 94.38 77.76 204 -23.3%
12 Nankai University (NKU), China 47.83 61.10 182 18.9%
13 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 64.27 60.86 216 -11.9%
14 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 60.10 58.93 157 -8.7%
15 Tianjin University (TJU), China 57.77 56.04 175 -9.7%
16 Beihang University (BUAA), China 54.28 54.25 278 -7.0%
17 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 44.20 54.18 138 14.1%
18 Wuhan University (WHU), China 61.18 53.70 186 -18.3%
19 Jilin University (JLU), China 49.39 52.37 145 -1.3%
20 Xiamen University (XMU), China 33.96 50.93 114 39.6%
21 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 47.06 48.97 175 -3.1%
22 Sichuan University (SCU), China 40.45 47.46 102 9.2%
23 Shandong University (SDU), China 32.64 43.32 164 23.6%
24 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 35.87 42.64 138 10.7%
25 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 43.19 41.65 116 -10.2%
26 Hunan University (HNU), China 31.41 40.00 118 18.5%
27 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 33.86 38.84 118 6.8%
28 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 24.85 37.52 99 40.6%
29 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 23.53 36.30 116 43.6%
30 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 23.06 32.95 96 33.0%
31 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 18.73 32.75 100 62.8%
32 Southeast University (SEU), China 33.02 32.70 104 -7.8%
33 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 34.34 32.49 110 -11.9%
34 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 29.40 32.03 86 1.4%
35 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 16.57 30.80 100 73.0%
36 Central South University (CSU), China 20.33 29.50 86 35.1%
37 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 33.65 28.37 144 -21.5%
38 ShanghaiTech University, China 16.42 27.48 103 55.8%
39 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 21.47 26.20 139 13.6%
40 Tongji University, China 24.52 26.06 84 -1.0%
41 Donghua University (DHU), China 23.23 25.53 59 2.3%
42 Chongqing University (CQU), China 16.78 25.52 61 41.6%
43 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 23.99 25.49 70 -1.1%
44 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 15.53 22.68 94 35.9%
45 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 20.66 20.84 56 -6.1%
46 Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), China 14.85 20.44 55 28.1%
47 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 27.22 19.20 132 -34.4%
48 Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China 17.20 19.14 48 3.6%
49 Jinan University (JNU), China 16.94 19.06 47 4.7%
50 Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), China 20.96 18.63 50 -17.3%
51 Shanghai University (SHU), China 20.39 17.80 52 -18.8%
52 Hunan Normal University (HUNNU), China 7.02 17.70 48 134.8%
53 Shanxi University (SXU), China 8.24 16.79 100 89.7%
54 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 23.86 16.28 95 -36.5%
55 Central China Normal University (CCNU), China 13.96 16.16 106 7.7%
56 Guangdong University of Technology (GDUT), China 7.02 13.30 39 76.5%
57 Hebei University (HBU), China 7.56 13.28 27 63.5%
58 Yangzhou University (YZU), China 10.16 13.20 38 20.9%
59 Anhui University (AHU), China 3.44 12.64 47 241.7%
60 Xidian University, China 10.19 12.36 35 12.8%
61 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 9.55 11.69 41 14.0%
62 Northeastern University (NEU), China 3.33 11.35 36 217.2%
63 Nanchang University (NCU), China 15.36 11.08 26 -32.9%
64 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 6.27 10.62 21 57.7%
65 Henan University (HENU), China 9.23 10.60 32 6.9%
66 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 13.22 10.35 30 -27.1%
67 Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China 10.51 10.33 25 -8.5%
68 Renmin University of China (RUC), China 11.59 10.18 36 -18.2%
69 Hubei University (HUBU), China 4.79 10.10 23 96.3%
70 Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU), China 10.29 9.60 31 -13.2%
71 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 11.38 9.54 34 -21.9%
72 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 15.46 9.50 53 -42.8%
73 Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China 10.34 9.37 30 -15.7%
74 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 7.94 9.16 17 7.4%
75 Yanshan University (YSU), China 9.27 9.12 29 -8.4%
76 Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), China 8.35 9.08 29 1.2%
77 Southwest University (SWU), China 6.85 8.53 20 15.9%
78 Jiangnan University, China 3.51 8.48 23 125.1%
79 Henan Normal University, China 7.08 8.40 40 10.4%
80 Fuzhou University (FZU), China 9.69 8.37 19 -19.6%
81 Qingdao University (QU), China 8.83 8.27 28 -12.9%
82 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 8.26 7.87 35 -11.3%
83 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 9.60 7.87 13 -23.8%
84 Northwest University (NWU), China 5.49 7.83 27 32.8%
85 Southern Medical University (SMU), China 0.86 7.66 23 727.6%
86 Tianjin University of Technology (TJUT), China 2.50 7.63 23 183.5%
87 Westlake University, China 4.03 7.02 30 62.4%
88 Jiangsu University (JSU), China 4.60 6.84 20 38.5%
89 Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China 4.80 6.66 38 29.3%
90 Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU), China 2.57 6.21 20 124.7%
91 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 7.24 6.04 16 -22.4%
92 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 2.10 5.92 18 162.8%
93 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 4.74 5.88 24 15.4%
94 China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), China 0.97 5.87 15 464.8%
95 Ningbo University (NBU), China 5.72 5.74 21 -6.5%
96 Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), China 3.90 5.70 19 36.3%
97 Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST), China 4.72 5.57 10 9.9%
98 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 4.59 5.54 27 12.4%
99 Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China 2.20 5.40 24 128.8%
100 Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China 1.30 5.28 12 278.2%

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
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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.