2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 244.80 276.77 971 3.9%
2 Peking University (PKU), China 97.81 92.61 305 -13.0%
3 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 69.39 76.65 225 1.5%
4 Tsinghua University, China 71.91 70.89 264 -9.4%
5 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 60.16 70.04 477 7.0%
6 Fudan University, China 58.20 64.25 231 1.4%
7 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 50.87 59.51 187 7.5%
8 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 56.27 58.98 219 -3.7%
9 People's Liberation Army (PLA), China 45.69 44.73 212 -10.1%
10 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 26.45 37.72 146 31.0%
11 Wuhan University (WHU), China 22.43 33.79 118 38.4%
12 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 21.01 32.53 130 42.2%
13 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 26.42 30.41 117 5.8%
14 Sichuan University (SCU), China 22.41 26.86 85 10.1%
15 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 23.76 25.93 72 0.3%
16 Xiamen University (XMU), China 17.01 24.75 60 33.7%
17 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China 24.01 24.25 104 -7.2%
18 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 24.30 23.89 140 -9.7%
19 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 18.94 23.85 98 15.7%
20 Nanjing University (NJU), China 29.10 23.00 63 -27.4%
21 Shandong University (SDU), China 19.78 22.71 159 5.5%
22 Nankai University (NKU), China 12.28 19.51 72 46.0%
23 ShanghaiTech University, China 13.78 18.98 99 26.5%
24 Huazhong Agricultural University (HZAU), China 16.73 18.75 52 3.0%
25 Capital Medical University, China 9.46 18.02 98 75.0%
26 Soochow University, China 12.87 17.99 46 28.4%
27 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 15.86 17.29 51 0.1%
28 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 7.54 16.67 77 103.2%
29 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 12.66 16.60 72 20.5%
30 Central South University (CSU), China 15.20 16.04 99 -3.0%
31 National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing (NIBS), China 10.14 16.02 49 45.1%
32 Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China 12.96 15.73 69 11.6%
33 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 10.62 15.71 46 36.0%
34 Tongji University, China 10.12 15.01 76 36.2%
35 Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), China 20.07 14.16 48 -35.2%
36 Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), China 9.46 13.23 30 28.5%
37 China Pharmaceutical University (CPU), China 6.77 12.63 20 71.4%
38 Tianjin Medical University (TMU), China 10.94 12.56 46 5.5%
39 Guangzhou Medical University (GMU), China 8.21 10.27 75 14.8%
40 Southern Medical University (SMU), China 12.43 9.97 48 -26.3%
41 Jilin University (JLU), China 4.17 9.27 35 104.1%
42 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 6.65 8.99 41 24.1%
43 Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), China 3.81 8.42 31 102.8%
44 Jinan University (JNU), China 6.02 8.31 52 26.8%
45 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China 7.66 7.74 31 -7.1%
46 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 3.10 7.63 50 126.0%
47 BGI, China 9.12 7.50 51 -24.4%
48 Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), China 2.92 7.49 50 135.4%
49 Chongqing Medical University (CQMU), China 3.78 7.22 23 75.7%
50 Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU), China 3.31 7.04 24 95.5%
51 Southeast University (SEU), China 6.32 6.72 29 -2.4%
52 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 1.39 6.65 40 340.4%
53 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 4.49 6.57 33 34.5%
54 Jiangnan University, China 3.29 6.47 13 80.8%
55 Westlake University, China 1.90 6.35 28 207.6%
56 Tianjin University (TJU), China 3.33 6.27 64 73.1%
57 Southwest University (SWU), China 5.87 6.10 14 -4.6%
58 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 5.58 5.89 35 -3.0%
59 University of Macau (UM), China 3.71 5.80 22 43.7%
60 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 3.02 5.75 28 74.8%
61 Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China 1.39 5.46 19 260.5%
62 Henan University (HENU), China 4.70 5.43 28 6.1%
63 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 4.43 5.26 39 9.1%
64 Northwest University (NWU), China 2.16 5.23 18 122.9%
65 South China Normal University (SCNU), China 5.02 4.99 17 -8.6%
66 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 2.66 4.55 11 56.7%
67 Zhengzhou University (ZZU), China 5.18 4.48 46 -20.6%
68 East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China 6.25 4.39 81 -35.4%
69 Yunnan University (YNU), China 3.29 4.36 19 21.7%
70 Northeast Normal University (NENU), China 2.22 4.21 13 74.1%
71 Nanjing Normal University (NNU), China 5.04 4.18 16 -23.9%
72 Nantong University (NTU), China 2.75 4.07 27 35.6%
73 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 3.65 4.06 14 2.3%
74 Chongqing University (CQU), China 2.42 3.76 11 42.7%
75 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 1.21 3.66 22 176.6%
76 Hunan University (HNU), China 2.05 3.59 11 60.7%
77 Harbin Medical University (HMU), China 2.73 3.52 19 18.6%
78 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 0.04 3.42 9 8,057.6%
79 Dalian Medical University (DMU), China 2.72 3.33 14 12.6%
80 Xuzhou Medical University (XZMC), China 3.47 3.25 11 -13.9%
81 Shanghai Research Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Intelligence, China 1.57 3.20 26 87.4%
82 Shandong Normal University (SDNU), China 1.06 3.16 6 172.8%
83 Anhui University (AHU), China 1.42 2.99 12 94.2%
84 Anhui Medical University (AHMU), China 3.42 2.89 17 -22.3%
85 Qingdao University (QU), China 1.18 2.73 16 112.1%
86 Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China 0.81 2.62 11 197.8%
87 Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), China 0.22 2.61 35 1,012.5%
88 Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China 2.60 2.53 13 -10.8%
89 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 1.27 2.52 13 81.8%
90 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 2.03 2.46 24 11.5%
91 Donghua University (DHU), China 0.07 2.44 5 3,256.0%
92 Capital Normal University (CNU), China 3.65 2.42 9 -39.1%
93 Nanchang University (NCU), China 2.11 2.40 15 4.5%
94 China Medical University (CMU), China 4.90 2.35 21 -56.0%
95 Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM), China 2.09 2.28 11 0.3%
96 Shanghai University (SHU), China 2.96 2.22 11 -31.0%
97 Guangxi University (GXU), China 1.17 2.07 10 62.9%
98 National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), China 0.08 2.07 15 2,184.8%
99 Hubei University (HUBU), China 0.64 2.07 8 195.5%
100 Yunnan Agricultural University (YAU), China 1.59 2.03 12 17.8%

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).
  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.