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Librarians seek more support as research partners

20 September 2021

Anthea Lacchia

Report highlights lack of institutional recognition of changing librarian roles.

Pressure on ARIA to juggle risk in the pursuit of breakthroughs

14 September 2021

Elisabeth Jeffries

To elicit the most impact from science spending, the new UK funder will need to experiment judiciously

Universities define four conditions for the UK to become a science superpower

7 September 2021

Benjamin Plackett

If British science is to rival the United States and China, research spending must be matched by freedom of movement, equitable distribution and less red tape.

Future proofing research resilience

24 August 2021

Chris Woolston

As scientific efforts resume, infrastructure and process solutions forged during the pandemic are being honed and expanded.

Scientists at odds on Utrecht University reforms to hiring and promotion criteria

9 August 2021

Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Not everyone wants to let the journal impact factor go.

Birds of paradise reveal a dark secret

5 July 2021

Katharine Sanderson

Super-black feathers at the interface of biology, photonics and materials science.

High-entropy alloys expand their range

5 July 2021

Neil Savage

New metal mixes create more efficient catalysts and better jet engines.

High-performing places in the materials world

5 July 2021

Tanner Maxwell et al.

Four heavyweights and a rising star, in highlights.

Materials science shows strength

5 July 2021

Catherine Armitage

Stuff of hope in the search for solutions to intractable problems.

Chinese joint-venture universities try for the best of both worlds

27 May 2021

Cong Cao

While movement of students between domestic and foreign universities slows, China’s joint-venture model is gaining traction.

Superpowered science: charting China’s research rise

27 May 2021

Nature Index

From output and investments to the nation’s most prolific areas, a visual overview of China’s research performance.

Silk Road becomes the one less travelled as China lures science talent home

27 May 2021

Catherine Armitage & Chris Woolston

Barriers to cooperation could create a more competitive, less collegiate research landscape.

Fresh twists in China’s bid for research dominance

27 May 2021

Catherine Armitage

The nation’s remarkable growth in science publishing is showing signs of a slowdown.

Nature Index Annual Tables 2021: Country comparisons in a difficult year

20 May 2021

Catherine Armitage

China’s losses are seven other nations’ gains.

Ten rising stars of the Nature Index Annual Tables 2021

20 May 2021

Bec Crew

China’s dominance falls away, as this year’s list of fast-risers features a more global spread of institutions.

Senior scientists speak out against "overwhelming" US security requirements

4 May 2021

Chris Woolston

Report flags concerns that increasingly complex regulations will hamper talent migration. 

Rethinking research assessment: 7 sources of bias to watch out for at your institution

16 March 2021

Gemma Conroy

Recognizing the signs of systemic bias is key to ensuring that hiring, promotion and tenure decisions are fair for everyone.

Inclusion in the time of COVID: 14 ways to seize the moment for change

9 February 2021

Carla Cebula et. al*

Flux in the system is a chance to create new and better opportunities in academic STEMM careers for marginalized groups.

Network effect: visualizing AI connections in the natural sciences

10 December 2020

Bo Wu, Tanner Maxwell & Bec Crew

Collaborations on AI-related papers in journals tracked by the Nature Index reveal country strengths.

Samsung’s head researcher wants human–AI interactions to be a multisensory experience

10 December 2020

Leigh Dayton

Sebastian Seung outlines his quest for convenient and natural interaction with machines.

Artificial-intelligence research escalates amid calls for caution

10 December 2020

Bec Crew

A look at one of the most rapidly advancing and controversial topics in scientific research.

How Germany retains one of the world’s strongest research reputations

27 November 2020

Hristio Boytchev

Thanks to steady funding, Germany’s national research organizations are thriving. But there are concerns that some universities are being left behind.

Science cities seek new connections

28 September 2020

György Csomós, Zsófia Viktória Vida & Balázs Lengyel

Emerging trends are explored in this commentary on high-impact research outputs across 245 cities.

Nature Index’s top five science cities, by the numbers

28 September 2020

Nature Index

Sizing up the success of the world’s science hotspots.

Beijing, the seat of science capital

25 September 2020

Hepeng Jia

China’s powerhouse holds firm as the number one city in the Nature Index.

The top cities for research in the Nature Index

25 September 2020

Catherine Armitage

A look at the inputs that result in high scientific research outputs.

New York and Boston maintain their lead

24 September 2020

Neil Savage

The two US cities have a peerless partnership for life sciences.

South Korean institutions lure global talent

29 May 2020

Chris Woolston

The country is making headway in the effort to internationalize its scientific workforce.

South Korea’s Institute for Basic Science faces review

28 May 2020

Mark Zastrow

Decisions about the country’s research flagship will signpost national priorities.

Rising stars in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Nature Index

Chinese institutions dominate the rising stars ranks, as heavily funded initiatives to create world-class universities pay off.

Rising stars in Earth and environmental sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in chemistry in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in physical sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Gemma Conroy, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved high increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Rising stars in life sciences in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Bec Crew, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved a high increase in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

10 countries with high-performing hubs of natural-sciences research

30 April 2020

Nature Index

The United States leads, but China is closing the gap, with large gains in output since 2015.

The 10 leading countries in natural-sciences research 2020

30 April 2020

Nature Index

These countries achieved the highest overall research output in the Nature Index.

Fast-rising research institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia

These institutions have achieved significant increases in research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Fast-rising academic institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These institutions have achieved significant increases in overall research output in the Nature Index since 2015.

Top 10 breakdown of the leading institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Nature Index

These institutions lead in natural-sciences research in journals tracked by the Index.

Leading research institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables

30 April 2020

Bec Crew & Hepeng Jia

These institutions achieved the highest overall research output in the Nature Index.

Warning bell for cluster hiring of researchers as survey reveals lacklustre results

24 April 2020

Chris Woolston

The 'set and forget' approach dooms group hires.

Australia and New Zealand universities dominate Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020

23 April 2020

Bec Crew

Leading the way on activities that promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

5 European institutions that stand out in the life sciences

7 April 2020

Gemma Conroy

These are host to some of Europe’s top-notch labs, based on publications in Nature Index journals.

5 Australian universities that are rising fast in the Nature Index

31 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Up-and-coming research hotspots.

How young researchers can re-shape the evaluation of their work

31 March 2020

Annemijn Algra, Inez Koopman, Rozemarijn Snoek

Looking beyond bibliometrics to evaluate success.

4 predictions for the future of higher education

26 March 2020

Bec Crew

Universities will have to adapt quickly to survive, says leading economist.

Thinking of studying chemistry in the United States? Here are 10 universities to consider

24 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Where some of America’s high-powered chemistry research takes place.

Front line scientists call for mental health support in the wake of catastrophic ecosystem loss

15 March 2020

Gemma Conroy

Better resourcing to combat the psychological effects of dealing with a crisis will reinforce good science.

These are the 5 fastest rising universities in the United States

31 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The movers and shakers. 

These are the 10 best countries for life sciences research

20 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

China and Australia are shaking up this group of countries leading in the life sciences.

These are the top 10 Asia-Pacific universities for life sciences

13 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The University of Tokyo leads the pack.

Pairing with an influential co-author gives young researchers a career-long boost

7 January 2020

Bec Crew

A potential rankings hack for less prestigious universities.

Nature Index's top rankings of 2019

7 January 2020

Gemma Conroy

The best of the best. 

The fastest rising institutions in materials science: visualized

12 December 2019

Nature Index

Chinese institutions monopolize the fastest-rising ranks for materials-science output in the Nature Index.

Top 10 institutions in “big science” physics and astronomy

10 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The biggest players in high affiliation articles.

Top 10 young graduate universities 2019

3 December 2019

Gemma Conroy

The highest ranked institution is just 10 years old.

Top 10 young universities in life sciences 2019

26 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Revealing some impressive all-rounders.

Physics, life sciences, genetics: three big players and their top partners

26 November 2019

Nature Index

Research is a global game, yet even for top collaborators, the closest partners are mainly local.

Foreign interference fears prompt guidelines for Australian universities

20 November 2019

Bianca Nogrady

The move comes amid concerns over China’s influence on Australian campuses, and after major cybersecurity breaches at one institution.

The 10 fastest rising institutions publishing in Nature and Science

19 November 2019

Gemma Conroy & Bec Crew

Meet the most-improved.

Top 10 fastest rising universities aged 50 and under

1 November 2019

Gemma Conroy

Making their mark.

Top 10 Young Universities 2019

29 October 2019

Bec Crew

These are the ones to watch.

Strongest research performances for universities aged 50 and under by region

29 October 2019

Nature Index

Global rankings look different when the measure is young institutions’ output.

Nine universities under 50 in the fast lane

25 October 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew, Hepeng Jia & Mark Zastrow

These high performers are setting the pace in the race for solutions.

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is rising rapidly up the rankings

24 October 2019

Catherine Armitage

President Subra Suresh explains the strategy behind his university’s success.

These 5 EU countries are the UK’s top research partners

15 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Brexit stakes.

The top subjects in the top 5 countries in the Nature Index

8 October 2019

Gemma Conroy

Playing to their strengths. 

The fastest-rising institutions by country for scientific research

26 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

These are the ones to watch.

These 10 American universities dominated life sciences in 2018

19 September 2019

Nature Index

These academic institutions in the US made the biggest contributions to the discipline in the Nature Index.

South Korea’s ‘Nobel prize project’ gets overhaul

18 September 2019

Mark Zastrow

The Institute for Basic Science has been rocked by accusations of financial mismanagement over the past year.

The top universities in the best countries for scientific research

17 September 2019

Nature Index

The world's best.

Times Higher Education releases its World University Rankings 2020

12 September 2019

Bec Crew

The United States dominates, but cracks are showing.

The top 5 healthcare institutions for scientific research in 2018

27 August 2019

Bec Crew

The largest contributors to papers published in leading journals tracked by the Nature Index from the healthcare sector in 2018.

Government funding will be tied to uni performance from 2020

21 August 2019

Emmaline Bexley

How will performance-based funding shake out for Australian universities?

The top 10 government institutions in 2018

20 August 2019

Nature Index

These government institutions were the largest contributors to papers published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index in 2018.

Alaska governor halves massive funding cut to state university system

15 August 2019

Jonathan Lambert

Researchers at the University of Alaska still face possibility of layoffs.

"No one is immune": Alaska’s scientists despair over plan to shrink state universities

14 August 2019

Jonathan Lambert

The University of Alaska’s governing board plans to consolidate campuses to cope with a 40% cut in state funding.

Snapshot: The University of Tokyo – Asia’s star in the reputation ranks

23 July 2019

Bec Crew

The top-ranked university outside the US and UK for reputation.

University of California’s showdown with Elsevier aims to change scholarly publishing for good

18 July 2019

MacKenzie Smith

The high-stakes standoff that the world's universities are watching.

Why can't British universities be more like New York University?

10 July 2019

David Payne

Former minister reveals thwarted hopes and the limits of political interference.