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The secrets of Switzerland’s surprisingly high citations success

24 January 2018

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Small countries have an outsized presence among the scientific elite.

Pharma could cut its losses with a bit of sharing

2 January 2018

Phillip Phan & Dean Wong

COMMENT: Life science companies are missing out on the benefits of open innovation.

Companies are outsourcing discovery to external partners

26 December 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Stepping back from in-house science, companies are relying heavily on universities and government institutions for knowledge.

In Japan, corporates make reluctant partners

20 December 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

The Japanese government wants to lure more industry funding into universities, but companies need to be convinced they’ll get value.

Industry links boost research output

18 December 2017

Neil Savage

New findings suggest corporate collaboration encourages academic productivity.

Here’s what’s wrong with companies backing out of science

12 December 2017

Ashish Arora, Sharon Belenzon & Andrea Patacconi

COMMENT: The withdrawal of large US corporations from research is narrowing the scope of innovation.

The shifting corporate–academic relationship in pictures

11 December 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Research partnerships between industry and academia have more than doubled in five years.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

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

Students in research: Cost or investment?

28 November 2017

Sujata Gupta

Undergraduate research programmes are expensive, and the benefits can be hard to measure.

This midwestern US state has great chemistry

24 November 2017

Cassandra Willyard

Key investments in people and infrastructure have turned Illinois into a state of substance.

Strategies to sidestep selfish peer reviewers

20 November 2017

Jon Brock

Researchers point to options for tackling bias against competitors.

The problem with chasing publications

16 November 2017

Julia Lane

COMMENT: National initiatives that track people, rather than papers, will lead to better science in the United States.

Young scientists flail in sink or swim system

13 November 2017

Elie Dolgin

More support is needed to keep early-career investigators in a biomedical research career

Scramble for US science dollars set to intensify

10 November 2017

Scott Andes and Daniel Correa

Even if the biggest cuts since World War II don't eventuate, alternative funding sources must be found. 

Canada’s future as a refuge for researchers could be short-lived

9 November 2017

Ian Munroe

An open society makes Canada an attractive destination for students and scientists, but only as long as government promises for increased funding are met.

Trouble at the top

7 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Declining outputs in California, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland have made the biggest dent in US science.

Look west for resistance

3 November 2017

Katharine Gammon

With the most to lose from looming federal funding cuts, California's researchers take a stand.

Testing times for US science

2 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

At the current pace, China could overtake the US as the global science leader within a decade.

On the biotech block

26 October 2017

Alexandra Ossola

New York's expensive office and lab spaces have deterred innovative life science firms, but with growing support for start-ups, the scene is changing.

New tool tracks gender imbalance in medicine

6 October 2017

Gemma Conroy

Gender proportions in medical schools are almost equal, but disparities persist further up the ranks, a new tracking tool reveals. 

Mouse pee, spider poison, and wasps' nests: 2017 Nobel research faces earthly problems

4 October 2017

Katherine Bourzac

The committed team behind the observation of gravitational waves is up against nature.

US institutions hold their own in the index

19 September 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

140 institutions in the United States have spent five consecutive years in the Nature Index top 500.

New entrants to the Nature Index

14 September 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

A few institutions in the United States, China and Germany make it into the top 500 for the first time.

The long and short of US-China rivalry

31 August 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

China has the largest number of institutions that have risen up the top 500 ranks over the past five years.

UK-Indonesia partnership grows out of a conversation

27 July 2017

Dyna Rochmyaningsih

An encounter between two visiting social scientists at the University of Oxford was the catalyst for a unique partnership.

Better measures needed for research cooperation

23 June 2017

Anthea Lacchia

Researchers wrestle with a measure of collaboration increasingly used to assess the impact of their work. 

US research in a state of decline

6 June 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

California, Massachusetts and New York produce the most high-quality research, but their output is in decline. 

US-Uganda partnership uncovers potential culprit in mysterious nodding syndrome

4 April 2017

Linda Nordling

International team publish landmark paper on debilitating form of childhood epilepsy.

Japan loses share of research articles to China

24 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

Despite being among the top science nations, Japan's publication output has stalled over the past decade.

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.

Turbulent times for scientists with the 'wrong' papers

20 February 2017

Flynn Murphy

As Donald Trump’s bid to reinstate his travel ban failed last week, three Iranian scientists speak of their fears amid the uncertainty.

The team of scientists finding new ways to develop drugs for kids with rare cancers

2 December 2016

Neil Savage

An encounter helped kick-start the development of new cancer drugs.

Does proximity play a role in science collaborations?

30 November 2016

Neil Savage

Proximity is just one factor driving the high number of collaborations between top performing institutes in the same city. 

Innovators file record number of patent applications in China

24 November 2016

Ivy Shih

China's appetite for patents leads the world. 

Partnerships between US and Chinese scientists surge

18 November 2016

Sujata Gupta

Research partnerships between the two superpowers outnumber all other international pairings.

Chinese and US researchers team up to study forests in a warming world

15 November 2016

Sujata Gupta

A new program is encouraging climate change research partnerships between two research powerhouses.

Rising stars: Baylor, the best medicine

25 July 2016

James Mitchell Crow, Mark Zastrow

BCM’s contribution to high-quality research rose 39% from 2012 to 2015.

Swapping burgers for beans: an unusual experiment reveals another pitfall of Western diets

11 July 2016

Linda Nordling

A ground breaking colon cancer experiment that swapped the burgers-and-fries diet of African Americans with the traditional fare of rural South Africans was sparked by a chance encounter.

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.

US a hotspot of environment research

21 June 2016

Neil Savage

Four of the top five universities producing the most earth and environment research in the index last year are in the United States. 

Top research universities in the US

17 June 2016

Nicky Phillips

It's a battle between the east and west coast.

170 years after it made medical history, this US hospital is still at the cutting edge

4 May 2016

Jennifer Hackett

Massachusetts General Hospital is the most prolific healthcare organisation publishing in top journals.

The tech giant publishing in top journals

25 April 2016

Tim Hornyak

IBM topped the Nature Index ranking of companies publishing in leading research journals in 2015.

US leads science pack, but its grip is loosening

22 April 2016

Jennifer Hackett

When it comes to the world’s best natural science research, no nation can match the United States.

US tops global research performance

20 April 2016

Nicky Phillips

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.