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The top 10 countries for scientific research in 2018

1 July 2019

Bec Crew

These countries were the year's largest contributors to papers published in the past year in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 research institutions for 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

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

The top 10 institutions for life sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

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

The top 10 institutions for physical sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These institutions were the largest contributors to physical-science papers for 2018 published in the 82 leading journals tracked by the Nature Index.

The top 10 institutions for chemistry in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to chemistry papers published in 82 leading journals in 2018.

The top 10 academic institutions in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

Among the world’s academic institutions, these were the largest contributors to articles tracked by the Nature Index.

China: Yielding results to feed a people

14 December 2018

Hepeng Jia

Studies to improve the productivity, resistance and taste of rice crops are central to China’s commanding position in plant biology.

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.

2018 Annual Tables: Tsinghua joins elite group of research universities

7 June 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Two Beijing-based universities are among the top 10 academic institutions in the Nature Index.

India picks up the pace against emerging economies

10 May 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

In just a year, the number of Indian institutions in the Times Higher Education ranking has risen by 15 to 42.

China's science ministry gets power to attract more foreign scientists

23 March 2018

Hepeng Jia

Science super-ministry gains new remit to develop policies that benefit international researchers.

The rise and rise of Chinese universities

7 February 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

China climbs the THE Asian university rankings, but Singapore is still first.

China leads BRICS university rankings

23 November 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

7 out of the top 10 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2018 are in the east-Asian nation.

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's pick of university winners raises eyebrows

13 October 2017

Hepeng Jia

Many fear a plan to elevate 42 universities to world class status will deepen inequality.

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. 

China's top 10 research universities in 2015

15 July 2016

Nicky Phillips

The country's contribution to top journals continues to grow.