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 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 13.21 10.46 61 -28.2%
4 Peking University (PKU), China 8.83 9.64 43 -1.0%
5 RIKEN, Japan 6.92 7.02 44 -8.0%
6 Fudan University, China 4.84 6.81 33 27.7%
7 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 7.38 6.07 32 -25.5%
8 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 5.46 5.31 23 -11.8%
9 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 2.37 5.05 38 93.0%
10 Kyoto University, Japan 4.95 4.71 20 -13.8%
11 ShanghaiTech University, China 0.99 4.38 20 301.1%
12 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 5.04 4.36 56 -21.5%
13 National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan 3.99 4.36 27 -1.1%
14 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 2.87 4.34 34 37.0%
15 People's Liberation Army (PLA), China 1.79 4.25 21 115.4%
16 Institute for Basic Science (IBS), South Korea 1.75 4.18 16 117.0%
17 The University of Hong Kong (HKU), China 0.64 4.06 24 477.3%
18 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 3.23 4.06 35 13.9%
19 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea 1.61 4.03 12 127.7%
20 Monash University, Australia 3.22 3.67 25 3.4%
21 Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea 1.28 3.63 23 156.0%
22 Nagoya University, Japan 1.56 3.12 12 80.8%
23 Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China 3.37 3.05 24 -17.8%
24 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 1.57 3.00 14 73.2%
25 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 1.65 2.87 21 58.0%
26 Nanjing University (NJU), China 3.49 2.63 13 -31.8%
27 Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore 1.83 2.55 18 26.5%
28 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan 0.30 2.53 8 665.3%
29 Wuhan University (WHU), China 0.26 2.51 14 770.1%
30 Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (CAMS & PUMC), China 1.06 2.43 14 108.4%
31 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea 2.32 9 N/A
32 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 2.64 2.28 39 -21.9%
33 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China 1.11 2.25 12 83.8%
34 Tohoku University, Japan 1.60 2.25 15 27.8%
35 Xiamen University (XMU), China 0.30 2.12 6 543.2%
36 Samsung Group, South Korea 0.81 2.06 7 129.5%
37 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 0.64 1.99 18 179.2%
38 Korea University, South Korea 0.45 1.79 7 263.1%
39 Osaka University, Japan 1.80 1.72 15 -13.2%
40 The University of Sydney (USYD), Australia 0.91 1.69 22 68.0%
41 Westlake University, China 0.91 1.66 8 65.1%
42 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan 1.26 1.63 4 17.6%
43 Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan 0.52 1.58 8 176.9%
44 The University of Adelaide (Adelaide Uni), Australia 0.15 1.57 13 823.3%
45 Beihang University (BUAA), China 0.24 1.57 5 495.4%
46 Keio University, Japan 2.40 1.55 10 -41.4%
47 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), China 0.37 1.55 4 279.8%
48 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 0.13 1.53 13 979.0%
49 Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), China 0.14 1.39 12 780.3%
50 Kyushu University, Japan 1.06 1.37 8 17.1%
51 Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China 0.62 1.36 6 99.4%
52 City University of Hong Kong (CityU), China 0.34 1.33 5 259.4%
53 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 2.29 1.18 13 -53.3%
54 Tongji University, China 0.54 1.18 7 96.7%
55 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 0.90 1.14 3 15.3%
56 Konkuk University, South Korea 1.13 2 N/A
57 Hokkaido University, Japan 2.71 1.12 6 -62.6%
58 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), India 1.05 6 N/A
59 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China 1.17 1.02 5 -20.9%
60 Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan 0.06 0.97 5 1,477.5%
61 National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing (NIBS), China 0.04 0.96 3 2,265.3%
62 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia 0.30 0.95 9 190.8%
63 Hunan University (HNU), China 0.41 0.93 4 105.6%
64 Sichuan University (SCU), China 0.27 0.90 7 203.9%
65 Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU), China 0.89 2 N/A
66 Macquarie University, Australia 0.68 0.88 13 16.8%
67 Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science (IGAKUKEN), Japan 0.04 0.87 3 2,112.5%
68 National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan 1.18 0.82 12 -36.4%
69 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia 2.31 0.81 17 -68.0%
70 University of Tsukuba, Japan 0.22 0.81 5 228.1%
71 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India 0.05 0.80 1 1,326.3%
72 Nankai University (NKU), China 2.10 0.80 9 -65.6%
73 Gakushuin University, Japan 0.75 1 N/A
74 Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), China 1.68 0.75 10 -59.8%
75 University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia 1.24 0.74 7 -45.8%
76 Western Sydney University, Australia 0.04 0.71 4 1,608.1%
77 Shandong University (SDU), China 0.61 0.70 12 4.8%
78 The University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia 1.21 0.70 17 -47.8%
79 University of Otago, New Zealand 0.73 0.67 7 -16.4%
80 BGI, China 0.46 0.67 5 32.3%
81 Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China 1.60 0.67 8 -62.1%
82 Chiba University, Japan 0.64 4 N/A
83 Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), South Korea 0.05 0.63 4 958.6%
84 University of Tasmania (UTAS), Australia 0.20 0.61 10 174.7%
85 Yunnan University (YNU), China 0.05 0.60 2 989.9%
86 Yonsei University, South Korea 0.33 0.59 9 63.1%
87 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China 0.47 0.55 4 8.1%
88 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD), China 0.54 1 N/A
89 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Japan 0.78 0.53 11 -39.2%
90 South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China 0.14 0.50 1 234.4%
90 Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Japan 0.25 0.50 2 81.4%
90 Yanshan University (YSU), China 0.50 1 N/A
91 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 0.44 0.50 5 2.8%
92 Academia Sinica, Taiwan 0.74 0.50 10 -38.8%
93 Zhejiang Wanli University (ZWU), China 0.49 2 N/A
94 National Cancer Center (NCC), Japan 0.02 0.49 5 2,004.3%
95 National Institutes for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), China 0.48 6 N/A
96 Okayama University, Japan 1.53 0.47 6 -71.9%
97 Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia 0.46 4 N/A
98 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), China 0.13 0.45 6 207.2%
99 Griffith University, Australia 1.19 0.45 6 -65.7%
100 Sinovac Biotech Co., Ltd., China 0.44 1 N/A

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.