News archive

China's place among the stars

8 January 2019

Mark Zastrow

The FAST telescope dish, stretching half a kilometre, will thrust China’s radio astronomers into a role of global leadership.

China: Quality deficit belies the hype

24 December 2018

Futao Huang

Few Chinese researchers are regarded as global leaders, as the pressure for rapid output prevails.

China: Engineering a biomedical revolution

17 December 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

A permissive regulatory climate and a pragmatic approach has seen China’s bioscience sector soar.

Science cities: Discovery central

5 December 2018

Hepeng Jia

A hive of innovation, Wuhan has stormed up the Nature Index, but competition for talent is heating up.

The top rising stars in the Nature Index

5 October 2018

Anja Krieger et al.

Although China leads the pack, fast-moving institutions are building their research reputations the world over.

11 up-and-coming researchers in the natural sciences

20 September 2018

Catherine Armitage et al.

These newcomers are making their mark in science across the disciplines.

China digs deep on environmental research

16 August 2018

Hepeng Jia

As China’s scientists strive to produce research with global prestige, urgent local environmental problems jostle for attention.

Earth and environmental sciences in the line of fire

28 June 2018

Katherine Bourzac

By modelling the course of climate change, scientists are building an arsenal to prepare for its impact.

2018 Annual Tables: Ten institutions that dominated science

12 June 2018

Gemma Conroy

These top 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to papers published in 82 leading journals in the past year.

China gets serious about research integrity

6 June 2018

Hepeng Jia

The country’s highest executive body issues clear guidelines for dealing with scientific misconduct.

China and the United States are science sweethearts

14 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

It's hard to believe, but the two largest rivals for global science leadership, are also the closest companions.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

Papers from China are growing in influence and volume, yet the US remains supreme.

Beijing and Shanghai are in a league of their own

1 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

China's political and economic centres connect on a scientific level.

China tackles biased awards

3 October 2017

Hepeng Jia

Do Chinese government reforms designed to thwart academic fraud go far enough?

One small step in the thawing of China-US space relations

28 July 2017

Hepeng Jia

A Beijing DNA experiment boards the International Space Station.

Keeping a lid on open science

15 June 2017

Hepeng Jia

Open science has made progress in China, but there is room for improvement. 

Debate on China's super collider heats up

19 October 2016

Hepeng Jia

Proponents say the mega facility would contribute to major science breakthroughs if built.

Rising stars: from zero to national hero

21 July 2016

Mark Zastrow

The institutions to watch.

China's diaspora key to science collaborations

23 June 2016

Peng Tian

Links formed by mainland China's large scientific diaspora and its increasing output of high-quality research make it an emerging centre of international collaboration.

China tops the periodic table

27 April 2016

James Mitchell Crow

National research organisations take the top three spots in the latest Nature Index chemistry research rankings.

Ten institutions that dominated science in 2015

20 April 2016

Sarah O'Meara

The top 10 institutions in the Nature Index are the largest contributors to papers published in 68 leading journals in 2015