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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 5 most popular scientific papers of September 2019

1 October 2019

Bec Crew

The top paper had a slick social media campaign.

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.

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.

Top 5 corporate institutions for scientific research in 2018

10 September 2019

Bec Crew

These organizations are the most prolific in high-quality research.

These are the happiest countries in the world

10 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

Wealth isn't everything. 

The 5 most popular scientific papers of August 2019

5 September 2019

Bec Crew

A month of spectacular firsts. 

These 10 institutions published the most papers in Nature and Science in 2018

3 September 2019

Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew

From CRISPR to CLARITY, here are some of the most high-profile studies.

This graphic reveals the most innovative countries for 2019

3 September 2019

Gemma Conroy

A strong showing from Asia.

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.

World university rankings: explained

22 August 2019

Bec Crew

How the most widely cited global rankings are measured, and which institutions made their top tens for 2019.

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.

Snapshot: Princeton University impresses on two scores

20 August 2019

Bec Crew

The US’s fourth-oldest college wears the crown for high-quality research productivity among its peers.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of July 2019

14 August 2019

Bec Crew

Doom, gloom, and a dancing cockatoo.

Top 5 NGOs for scientific research in 2018

13 August 2019

Bec Crew

These organizations are the most prolific in high-quality research.

Ranking the most popular degrees in the US

6 August 2019

Bec Crew

Health professions have been booming.

Top 5 corporate–academic collaborations in biomedical sciences

6 August 2019

Bec Crew

This is what success looks like.

Google Scholar reveals its most influential papers for 2019

2 August 2019

Bec Crew

These 7 high-impact papers are citations gold.

The top 10 Asia Pacific countries in science for 2018

30 July 2019

Bec Crew

Where the smaller players shine.

The 5 most popular scientific papers of June

24 July 2019

Bec Crew

Everything’s melting, but Boaty McBoatface is a beacon of hope.

Harvard University’s top 5 authors in life sciences

23 July 2019

Bec Crew

These scientists are Harvard’s most prolific authors of high-quality life sciences papers. 

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.

10 key insights from the first research scorecards for G20 countries

19 July 2019

Bec Crew

Australia shines; the US, not so much.

Ban the lecture

2 July 2019

David Payne

How young universities aiming for high rankings are preparing for “Generation Alpha”.

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 countries that dominate natural sciences research

1 July 2019

Nature Index

The United States reigns as the colossus but China is taking up ever more space, squeezing out European stalwarts.


“We can do anything we want”: How young universities say they're stealing a march on older competitors

27 June 2019

David Payne

The latest Times Higher Education rankings highlight innovation among universities established since 1945 and others aged 50 and under.

The top 5 most popular scientific papers of May

25 June 2019

Bec Crew

Even tiny tyrannosaurs and synthetic life couldn't topple office politics.

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 Earth and environmental sciences in 2018

20 June 2019

Nature Index

These 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to papers in Earth and environmental sciences published in 82 leading journals in 2018.

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.

The top 10 academic institutions in 2018: normalized

20 June 2019

Nature Index

This ranking shows which institutions might be punching above their weight in producing high-quality research.

The top 5 most talked-about studies of April

29 May 2019

Bec Crew

The fall of insects, the rise of zombie brains, and the catalysts of political unrest dominated the conversation around April's research offerings.

The top 9 authors in the biomedical sciences for 2018

20 May 2019

Bec Crew

From genetics to nanomaterials, these researchers are making big leaps in the biomedical sciences.

The top 10 institutions in biomedical sciences in 2018

17 May 2019

Bec Crew

The US has a handy lead in the biomedical sciences, but China is hot on its heels.

Annual tables 2018: China and Japan lead in chemistry

19 July 2018

Gemma Conroy

Institutions in China and Japan dominate the chemistry top 10 in the Nature Index.

2018 Annual tables: Healthcare leads in the index

16 July 2018

Smriti Mallapaty

Large pharmaceutical companies dominate the list of leading corporate institutions in the index.

10 institutions that dominated science in 2017

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.

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.

Wikipedia’s top-cited scholarly articles — revealed

16 May 2018

Giorgia Guglielmi

Gene collections and astronomy studies dominate the list of the most-cited publications with DOIs on the popular online encyclopaedia.

Indian university rankings inherently inconsistent

9 April 2018

Thomas Manuel

Anomalies in the third national assessment of Indian institutions intensify criticisms of linking the exercise to funding.

China's citations catching up

30 November 2017

Hepeng Jia

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

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.

The US leads the Nature Index top 500

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.

Top 10 universities in science in 2016

11 September 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

Harvard University holds the top academic spot for five years straight.

Taiwan losing ground in the index

4 September 2017

Hepeng Jia

Taiwan slips to number 20 as graduates’ interest in science fades.

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.

Japan's strategy for growth highlights innovation

15 August 2017

Ichiko Fuyuno

Collaboration with companies will become more important in the government’s science and technology strategies.

Charting China's rising dominance in science

21 July 2017

Nicky Phillips

The country's research contribution is continuing to overtake other nations.

10 institutions contribute to more than 10% index output in 2016

18 July 2017

Smriti Mallapaty

A few large institutions produce the majority of articles in the index.

Global universities ranked by a different measure

8 June 2017

Ivy Shih

Find out how the top 20 institutions in the QS University Rankings 2018 measure up in the index.

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. 

Japan's plan to cultivate more entrepreneurial scientists

10 May 2017

Ian Munroe

Although government efforts to encourage innovation face significant obstacles. 

The slow decline of Japanese research in 5 charts

23 March 2017

Nicky Phillips

The country's research output is falling behind other dominant science nations.

A great leap forward, but China needs more scientists

21 March 2017

Ivy Shih

OECD survey reveals the country’s science spending frenzy, noting a need for investment in innovation and invention.

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.

Innovators file record number of patent applications in China

24 November 2016

Ivy Shih

China's appetite for patents leads the world. 

Comment: It's time to break ranks on university assessment

4 November 2016

Adrian Barnett

Ranking systems for universities need to be re-evaluated.

UQ retains position as Australia's top research university in 2015

28 October 2016

James Mitchell Crow

There's not much separating the top three Australian universities with the highest contributions to the index in 2015.

How Australian universities spent $4.5b on research in four years

27 October 2016

Bianca Nogrady

Assessing the research performance of universities is a difficult pursuit. 

Melbourne pips Sydney as Australia's research hotspot

27 October 2016

Annabel McGilvray

Australia's two largest cities strive to attract the best researchers and produce science that makes a difference.

Rising stars 2016: 10 countries to watch

26 August 2016

Nicky Phillips and Larissa Kogleck

Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars seeks to pinpoint the ascendant performers of science.

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. 

Xerox puts more skin in the printing game

9 August 2016

Tim Hornyak

The research the company is publishing in top journals.

Australia's most improved research institutions

1 August 2016

James Mitchell Crow

Represented are institutions from the east and west coast.

Rising stars: Chinese institutions lead the way

26 July 2016

Sarah O'Meara

China is a growing source of the world's top science

China's top 10 research universities in 2015

15 July 2016

Nicky Phillips

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

Top 10 research universities in the US in 2015

17 June 2016

Nicky Phillips

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

Top 10 research universities in the UK in 2015

9 June 2016

Nicky Phillips

A new chapter in an old rivalry

Canadian researchers do more with less

2 June 2016

Brian Owens

Growing participation in large international research projects may explain the drop in Canada's index performance.

What does industry contribute to the world's best research?

19 May 2016

Nicky Phillips

The Nature Index tracks corporations who publish in top journals.

Saudi Arabian research in 6 charts

10 May 2016

Nicky Phillips

Strong connections with global scientific heavy-hitters and meaningful regional and domestic collaborations have thrust Saudi Arabia into a leading position in the Arab world.

Top research institutes in chemistry in 2015

27 April 2016

James Mitchell Crow

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

IMB tops ranking of scientific publishing in 2015

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.

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

Chart: Move over USA, here comes China

15 March 2016

Nicky Phillips