2021 tables: Institutions - Nature & Science

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 Toronto (U of T), Canada 11.80 15.70 55 20.6%
2 McGill University, Canada 5.77 7.62 42 19.9%
3 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 4.69 4.19 30 -19.0%
4 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 1.44 3.26 32 105.1%
5 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 0.79 2.73 12 212.1%
6 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 0.23 1.89 11 644.5%
7 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 0.54 1.33 10 120.9%
8 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 0.16 0.90 12 405.6%
9 McMaster University, Canada 0.81 0.81 4 -9.6%
10 University of Waterloo, Canada 0.10 0.78 5 605.4%
11 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 0.00 0.53 5 10,429.1%
12 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada 0.32 0.49 4 39.4%
13 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 0.45 5 N/A
14 Western University (UWO), Canada 0.16 0.37 2 112.5%
15 Laval University (UL), Canada 0.13 0.34 8 133.6%
16 Carleton University, Canada 0.29 0.33 6 4.3%
17 Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Canada 0.32 0.32 10 -8.8%
18 National Research Council (NRC), Canada 0.55 0.30 8 -49.6%
19 Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), Canada 0.28 0.30 11 0.2%
20 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 1.46 0.27 4 -83.2%
21 Concordia University, Canada 0.07 0.27 7 233.2%
22 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 0.00 0.26 6 5,014.7%
23 York University, Canada 1.22 0.20 8 -84.8%
24 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 1.10 0.19 6 -84.1%
25 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI), Canada 0.33 0.18 4 -50.4%
26 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 0.71 0.17 4 -78.4%
27 University of Winnipeg, Canada 0.02 0.16 3 516.5%
28 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 0.02 0.16 2 546.0%
29 Clinical Research Institute of Montreal (IRCM), Canada 0.15 3 N/A
30 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 0.57 0.14 1 -77.3%
30 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 0.14 1 N/A
31 University of Manitoba, Canada 0.18 0.14 7 -31.2%
32 Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada 0.26 0.12 3 -58.0%
33 Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada 0.36 0.11 2 -72.1%
34 Vancouver Island University (VIU), Canada 0.10 1 N/A
34 Outer Shores Expeditions, Canada 0.10 1 N/A
35 Dalhousie University, Canada 0.07 0.09 7 19.0%
36 Queen's University, Canada 0.07 0.08 4 -2.2%
37 Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), Canada 0.14 0.08 4 -50.0%
38 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.08 1 N/A
39 Hakai Institute, Canada 0.07 1 N/A
40 Few-cycle Inc., Canada 0.06 1 N/A
41 Acuitas Therapeutics, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
42 SciTech Environmental Consulting, Canada 0.05 1 N/A
43 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada 0.05 1 N/A
44 Montreal Cancer Institute (ICM), Canada 0.08 0.04 4 -49.7%
45 Vector Institute, Canada 0.04 2 N/A
46 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada 0.01 0.04 1 240.8%
47 Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NWT ENR), Canada 0.03 1 N/A
48 University of Moncton, Canada 0.03 1 N/A
49 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 0.12 0.03 1 -80.5%
50 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada 0.21 0.02 2 -90.8%
51 University of Guelph, Canada 0.13 0.02 3 -85.7%
52 Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), Canada 0.02 3 N/A
53 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 0.00 0.02 3 7,098.6%
54 Bishop's University, Canada 0.00 0.02 1 225.9%
55 Canadian Grain Commission, Canada 0.02 1 N/A
56 IWK Health Centre, Canada 0.01 3 N/A
57 Marianopolis College, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
57 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 0.01 1 N/A
58 High Arctic Gull Research Group, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
59 Genome Canada, Canada 0.01 0.01 3 9.4%
60 CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB), Canada 0.04 0.01 1 -72.1%
61 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada 0.01 0.01 2 2.8%
61 Génome Québec, Canada 0.01 0.01 2 2.8%
62 Providence Health Care, Canada 0.00 0.01 1 3,279.2%
63 Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), Canada 0.05 0.01 1 -80.7%
64 PotashCorp, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
65 Fleming College (Sutherland Campus), Canada 0.01 1 N/A
66 Thoth Technology Inc., Canada 0.01 1 N/A
67 British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
67 Yukon Department of Environment, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
67 Acadia University, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
67 Polar Knowledge Canada, Canada 0.01 1 N/A
68 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.00 0.00 2 135.6%
69 Statistics Canada, Canada 0.00 0.00 1 17.9%
70 Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canada 0.00 0.00 2 -14.3%
71 Government of Nunavut, Canada 0.00 1 N/A
72 TÉLUQ University, Canada 0.00 0.00 1 1,198.7%
72 Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Canada 0.00 0.00 1 1,198.7%
73 University of Regina, Canada 0.00 1 N/A
74 Laurentian University, Canada 0.20 0.00 1 -99.3%
75 Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Canada 0.00 0.00 1 17.9%
75 Health Canada (HC-SC), Canada 0.00 1 N/A
76 Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), Canada 0.00 2 N/A
77 Argmix Consulting, Canada 0.00 1 N/A
78 Spatio-Temporal Targeting and Amplification of Radiation Response Program (STTARR), Canada 0.00 1 N/A
79 Canadian Center for Computational Genomics (C3G), Canada 0.00 1 N/A
80 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada 0.00 1 N/A

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  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.