2021 tables: Institutions - physical sciences - academic

Table criteria

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

2020 Institution Share 2019 Share 2020
1 Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia 22.05 29.34
2 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology - State University (MIPT), Russia 12.42 19.72
3 ITMO National Research University (ITMO University), Russia 12.26 14.27
4 Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Russia 5.42 10.33
5 Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU), Russia 9.59 10.14
6 Novosibirsk State University (NSU), Russia 6.99 6.74
7 Ural Federal University (UrFU), Russia 6.91 5.11
8 Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU), Russia 0.33 4.59
9 Tomsk State University (TSU), Russia 3.87 4.53
10 National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Russia 4.43 4.05
11 National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Russia 2.56 3.97
12 Kazan Federal University (KFU), Russia 5.00 3.61
13 Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russia 0.93 3.05
14 Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), Russia 2.89 2.98
15 Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Russia 4.07 2.67
16 National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), Russia 5.45 2.65
17 Saratov State University (SGU), Russia 1.06 2.30
18 P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Russia 0.64 2.00
19 Peoples Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), Russia 0.25 1.53
20 Southern Federal University (SFedU), Russia 0.63 1.44
21 Tomsk State Pedagogical University (TSPU), Russia 2.40 1.28
22 Moscow Technological University (MIREA), Russia 1.71 1.23
23 Dubna State University, Russia 0.89
24 Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Russia 0.64 0.83
25 Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN), Russia 1.71 0.77
26 Moscow State Pedagogical University (MSPU), Russia 0.38 0.76
27 Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI), Russia 0.77 0.60
28 Bashkir State Pedagogical University (BSPU), Russia 1.46 0.58
29 Irkutsk State University (ISU), Russia 0.84 0.54
30 Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU), Russia 0.81 0.52
31 Samara National Research University, Russia 1.43 0.50
32 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Russia 0.07 0.49
33 Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Russia 0.02 0.38
34 Volgograd State University (VolSU), Russia 0.36
35 Bashkir State University (BashSU), Russia 0.33
36 Vernadsky Crimean Federal University (CFUV), Russia 0.31
37 South Ural State University (SUSU), Russia 0.32 0.29
38 Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University n.a. R.E. Alekseev (NNSTU), Russia 0.08 0.29
39 I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (FMSMU), Russia 0.48 0.28
40 Yandex School of Data Analysis, Russia 0.30 0.26
41 Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU), Russia 1.25 0.25
41 Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, Russia 0.25
41 Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI), Russia 0.25
42 Vladimir State University named after Alexander and Nikolay Stoletovs, Russia 0.16 0.20
43 Kuban State University (KubSU), Russia 0.18
44 Chelyabinsk State University (CSU), Russia 0.17
45 N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University, Russia 0.05 0.11
46 Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy, Russia 0.10
47 Sirius University of Science and Technology, Russia 0.09
48 Blagoveschensk State Pedagogical University (BSPU), Russia 0.09
49 North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk (NEFU), Russia 0.08
50 Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI), Russia 0.11 0.06
50 Pskov State University, Russia 0.06
51 Siberian Federal University (SibFU), Russia 0.56 0.04
52 Dubna International University of Nature, Society and Man, Russia 0.17 0.03
53 Far Eastern State Transport University (FESTU), Russia 0.08 0.03

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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).
  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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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.