Stanford University

United States of America (USA)

Stanford University, founded in 1885, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from its Western United States location, proximity to Silicon Valley and the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford. Stanford’s motto—‘the wind of freedom blows’—reflects the university’s commitment to free and open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research.

Stanford has attracted one of the most accomplished faculties in the world. The current community of scholars includes 20 Nobel Prize winners, four Pulitzer Prize recipients and 29 MacArthur Fellows. The academic excellence of its more than 2,150 faculty members means Stanford is well positioned to pursue its mission of advancing knowledge and making meaningful contributions to the world. The university’s areas of excellence cross disciplines and range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences, and the professions of business, education, law and medicine.

Research at Stanford is remarkable in its breadth and depth. It reflects the expertise and initiative of faculty who set the research agenda. Stanford faculty have a long tradition of working across disciplines. The university’s 18 independent laboratories, centers and institutes provide an intellectual intersection between schools and disciplines. These institutes focus on collaborations ranging form international and economic studies to challenges facing the environment, energy and health. There are more than 5,500 externally sponsored projects throughout the university, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, with a total budget for sponsored projects at $1.22 billion during 2015-16.

From its outset, Stanford has been innovative in its approach to teaching and research, following the founders’ objective “to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life.” Stanford’s 16,000 students—9,000 graduate students and 7,000 undergraduate students—are drawn from worldwide pool of accomplished and talented young scholars.

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1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Stanford University published between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

AC FC
1425 585.66

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 138 46.75
Chemistry 296 151.95
Physical Sciences 535 212.60
Life Sciences 637 265.87

1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 52.12% Domestic
  • 47.88% International

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

Top 10 international collaborators by FC (1546 total)

  • Stanford University, United States of America (USA)
  • Foreign institution
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China (21.78)
    13.69
    8.09
  2. Max Planck Society, Germany (20.24)
    10.77
    9.47
  3. Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany (17.72)
    10.83
    6.89
  4. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France (15.67)
    9.43
    6.23
  5. Tsinghua University, China (15.03)
    9.61
    5.42
  6. Nanjing University (NJU), China (13.55)
    4.67
    8.87
  7. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (12.72)
    7.06
    5.65
  8. University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) (12.29)
    4.85
    7.44
  9. Uppsala University (UU), Sweden (8.97)
    6.58
    2.38
  10. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (8.88)
    6.01
    2.87

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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