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 Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China 24.65 29.22 137 7.5%
2 Tsinghua University, China 15.36 10.80 56 -36.3%
3 Peking University (PKU), China 8.83 9.64 43 -1.0%
4 Fudan University, China 4.84 6.81 33 27.7%
5 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 7.38 6.07 32 -25.5%
6 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 5.46 5.31 23 -11.8%
7 ShanghaiTech University, China 0.99 4.38 20 301.1%
8 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 5.04 4.36 56 -21.5%
9 People's Liberation Army (PLA), China 1.79 4.25 21 115.4%
10 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 0.64 4.06 24 477.3%
11 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 3.37 3.05 24 -17.8%
12 Nanjing University (NJU), China 3.49 2.63 13 -31.8%
13 Wuhan University (WHU), China 0.26 2.51 14 770.1%
14 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 1.06 2.43 14 108.4%
15 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 1.11 2.25 12 83.8%
16 Xiamen University (XMU), China 0.30 2.12 6 543.2%
17 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 0.64 1.99 18 179.2%
18 Westlake University, China 0.91 1.66 8 65.1%
19 Beihang University (BUAA), China 0.24 1.57 5 495.4%
20 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 0.37 1.55 4 279.8%
21 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 0.13 1.53 13 979.0%
22 Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), China 0.14 1.39 12 780.3%
23 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 0.62 1.36 6 99.4%
24 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 0.34 1.33 5 259.4%
25 Tongji University, China 0.54 1.18 7 96.7%
26 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 0.90 1.14 3 15.3%
27 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China 1.17 1.02 5 -20.9%
28 National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing (NIBS), China 0.04 0.96 3 2,265.3%
29 Hunan University (HNU), China 0.41 0.93 4 105.6%
30 Sichuan University (SCU), China 0.27 0.90 7 203.9%
31 Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU), China 0.89 2 N/A
32 Nankai University (NKU), China 2.10 0.80 9 -65.6%
33 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 1.68 0.75 10 -59.8%
34 Shandong University (SDU), China 0.61 0.70 12 4.8%
35 BGI, China 0.46 0.67 5 32.3%
36 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 1.60 0.67 8 -62.1%
37 Yunnan University (YNU), China 0.05 0.60 2 989.9%
38 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 0.47 0.55 4 8.1%
39 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD), China 0.54 1 N/A
40 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 0.14 0.50 1 234.4%
40 Yanshan University (YSU), China 0.50 1 N/A
41 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 0.44 0.50 5 2.8%
42 Zhejiang Wanli University (ZWU), China 0.49 2 N/A
43 National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), China 0.48 6 N/A
44 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 0.13 0.45 6 207.2%
45 Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd., China 0.44 1 N/A
46 Jilin University (JLU), China 0.33 0.43 4 16.9%
47 Capital Medical University, China 0.55 0.42 10 -30.1%
48 Shanxi University (SXU), China 0.02 0.41 5 1,698.3%
49 Ocean University of China (OUC), China 0.03 0.41 4 969.5%
50 Nanjing Medical University (NJMU), China 0.20 0.37 5 65.8%
51 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China 0.01 0.36 1 2,361.2%
52 China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), China 0.11 0.35 2 188.7%
53 East China Normal University (ECNU), China 0.05 0.35 5 500.5%
54 Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), China 0.18 0.34 5 69.0%
55 Shijiazhuang Tiedao University (STDU), China 0.33 1 N/A
56 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), China 1.21 0.33 10 -75.1%
57 Guangzhou Zoo, China 0.32 1 N/A
58 Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR), China 0.43 0.31 1 -35.4%
59 Hangzhou Normal University (HZNU), China 0.17 0.30 2 59.7%
60 Shanghai Research Center for Brain Science and Brain-Inspired Intelligence, China 0.11 0.28 3 123.7%
61 Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China 0.05 0.28 2 403.8%
62 China Agricultural University (CAU), China 1.10 0.28 3 -77.1%
63 Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), China 0.08 0.26 3 178.1%
64 China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), China 0.03 0.25 4 609.3%
65 Soochow University, China 0.19 0.24 4 17.5%
66 South China University of Technology (SCUT), China 0.09 0.24 2 135.1%
67 Shenzhen University (SZU), China 0.43 0.23 5 -51.9%
68 Guangxi Medical University, China 0.21 1 N/A
69 Zhejiang A & F University (ZAFU), China 0.06 0.20 1 184.1%
69 Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum, China 0.20 1 N/A
70 FiberHome Technologies Group, China 0.03 0.18 1 480.3%
70 National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), China 0.01 0.18 1 2,645.0%
70 University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), China 0.05 0.18 1 229.7%
70 CITIC Group Corporation, China 0.18 1 N/A
71 Vazyme Biotech Co., Ltd., China 0.17 1 N/A
72 Henan University (HENU), China 0.01 0.17 2 2,094.8%
73 PLA Academy of Military Sciences (PLA AMS), China 0.17 1 N/A
74 Topchoice Group, China 0.17 2 N/A
75 Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China 0.11 0.17 2 37.2%
75 Hunan University of Technology and Business (HNUC), China 0.17 1 N/A
76 Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), Hong Kong, China 0.16 1 N/A
77 Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT), China 0.18 0.16 3 -20.3%
78 Tianjin University (TJU), China 0.07 0.16 8 114.8%
79 Shanghai Dianji University (SHDJ), China 0.15 1 N/A
80 Guangzhou Medical University (GMU), China 0.15 7 N/A
81 Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology, China 0.15 1 N/A
82 China Meteorological Administration (CMA), China 0.17 0.14 1 -25.8%
83 Henan Normal University, China 0.04 0.13 1 214.3%
83 Guangzhou University (GU), China 0.10 0.13 1 26.9%
83 Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group, China 0.13 1 N/A
83 Gracell Biotechnologies (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., China 0.13 1 N/A
84 Chongqing University (CQU), China 0.05 0.13 1 162.5%
85 Xiangtan University (XTU), China 0.13 1 N/A
86 Dalian Nationalities University, China 0.13 1 N/A
86 Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center (SEMC), China 0.13 1 N/A
86 Northeastern University (NEU), China 0.13 1 N/A
86 Shenzhen Six Carbon Technology Co. Ltd., China 0.13 1 N/A
87 Beijing Forestry University (BFU), China 0.01 0.12 2 1,728.2%
88 National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China 0.02 0.12 3 498.5%
89 Anhui Normal University (AHNU), China 0.13 0.11 1 -19.4%
90 China Geological Survey (CGS), China 0.00 0.11 3 2,874.2%
91 Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, China 0.10 1 N/A
92 Qingdao University (QU), China 0.10 1 N/A
93 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), China 0.53 0.10 1 -82.9%
93 Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), China 1.45 0.10 1 -93.7%
93 Northeast Forestry University, China 0.10 1 N/A
94 Guangxi University (GXU), China 0.10 2 N/A
95 Anhui University (AHU), China 0.09 2 N/A
96 Tianjin University of Technology (TJUT), China 0.09 1 N/A
97 Fujian Normal University (FNU), China 0.31 0.09 2 -73.6%
98 Central South University (CSU), China 0.16 0.09 3 -49.2%
99 Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GZUCM), China 0.09 1 N/A
100 Shanghai Normal University (SHNU), China 0.20 0.08 1 -61.5%

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.