The RIKEN National Science Institute is Japan’s flagship research institute for basic and applied science, and a world leader in an array of scientific disciplines. Since its foundation in 1917, RIKEN has carried out pioneering and innovative research in fields spanning the entire range of natural sciences, from developmental biology, plant science, and neuroscience to material science, quantum physics, nuclear physics, and computer science.

Today, RIKEN encompasses a network of world-class research centers across Japan, with main campuses in Wako, Tsukuba, Yokohama, Kobe and Harima offering state-of-the-art laboratories and several “big science” facilities, including the K computer in Kobe, which was ranked the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world in 2015. Other facilities include the SPring-8 synchrotron facility and SACLA x-ray free electron laser in Harima, the RI Beam Factory in Wako, and the BioResource Center in Tsukuba, which provide research resources to researchers in Japan and around the world. A high-quality, high-performance research environment, combined with a uniquely bottom-up approach to scientific innovation, has enabled RIKEN to foster an environment in which researchers are able to thrive. RIKEN’s research environment is truly international, with over 600 non-Japanese research personnel who hail from more than 50 different countries and regions.

RIKEN is by no means an ivory tower—its researchers are tackling issues that are critical for the survival of humanity. Global-scale problems — the population explosion, climate change, the depletion of natural resources, and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases — threaten the very existence of humankind. Nations, societies, and all sectors of human endeavor must join together to find creative solutions that provide high benefits to the public. Underlying RIKEN’s drive to create an international research hub is a pressing need to confront the world’s most urgent problems through global cooperation with universities, research institutes, and the private sector.

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1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for RIKEN published between 1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

460 125.62 119.69

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 229 53.20 47.27
Chemistry 114 42.75 42.75
Life Sciences 149 42.45 42.45
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 0.77 0.77

1 June 2016 - 31 May 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 49.52% Domestic
  • 50.48% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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