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From Tehran to Wuhan: Peripheral cities make an impact

6 November 2018

Marion Maisonobe, Laurent Jégou & Guillame Cabanac

The growing contribution of second-tier cities is narrowing the gap in research production.

High-profile journals put to reproducibility test

30 August 2018

Philip Ball

Researchers replicated 62% of social-behaviour findings published in Science and Nature — a result matched almost exactly by a prediction market.

Early-career researchers herald change

25 July 2018

David Nicholas et al.*

The younger generation sees a collaborative system as key to discovery and advancement, a three-year tracking project reveals. 

Rockefeller tops Leiden university ranking for eighth consecutive year

20 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

The small university stands out for its citation impact relative to its size.

UK challenges US in Nobel dominance

9 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

A per-capita analysis of physics, chemistry and medicine laureates since the turn of the century reveals the United Kingdom as the most prolific nation.

Scientists go to great lengths in reviewing high-quality research

11 April 2018

Gemma Conroy

An analysis of review length raises questions about what quantity means for quality.

China and South Korea flash the cash in R&D race

24 February 2017

Ivy Shih

G20 countries dominate global research spending and production, but the mix is changing.

European universities rise to the challenge

11 August 2016

Mark Zastrow, James Mitchell Crow

As a continent, Europe is home to the most rising stars in the index. 

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

Brazil's Russian connection

5 April 2016

Linda Nordling

A handful of influential professors are behind research partnerships between Russia and Brazil.