7 September 2021
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.
6 March 2020
Where in the world are the subject strengths?
10 February 2020
A single rising star.
12 September 2019
The United States dominates, but cracks are showing.
3 September 2019
Gemma Conroy, Bec Crew
From CRISPR to CLARITY, here are some of the most high-profile studies.
27 August 2019
Everything is relative.
7 August 2019
The practice has led to peverse incentives for researchers.
24 July 2019
Everything’s melting, but Boaty McBoatface is a beacon of hope.
23 July 2019
The top-ranked university outside the US and UK for reputation.
19 July 2019
Australia shines; the US, not so much.
16 July 2019
It's time to take a risk on admissions to meet future workforce needs.
12 July 2019
This interactive visualization reveals the tightest pairs.
11 July 2019
Despite progress, many physical scientists from sexual and gender minorities experience exclusion or harassment at work, finds UK survey.
10 July 2019
Former minister reveals thwarted hopes and the limits of political interference.
5 July 2019
Don’t take it personally.
4 July 2019
Academic writing is often criticised for being overly complicated and impenetrable to anyone outside of a small circle of experts.
3 July 2019
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
Global effort to combat research misconduct gathers pace.
2 July 2019
How young universities aiming for high rankings are preparing for “Generation Alpha”.
1 July 2019
The United States reigns as the colossus but China is taking up ever more space, squeezing out European stalwarts.
1 July 2019
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.
28 June 2019
Watch the rise and fall of major population hubs.
“We can do anything we want”: How young universities say they're stealing a march on older competitors
27 June 2019
The latest Times Higher Education rankings highlight innovation among universities established since 1945 and others aged 50 and under.
25 June 2019
Even tiny tyrannosaurs and synthetic life couldn't topple office politics.
20 June 2019
Among the world’s academic institutions, these were the largest contributors to articles tracked by the Nature Index.
14 June 2019
Study paints bleak picture of disadvantage attached to ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
9 May 2019
Experts weigh in on how to make the most of a tweet.
8 May 2019
Researchers need to rethink their aversion to talking about their work on social media, says digital sociologist Mark Carrigan.
7 May 2019
Conservative social media guidelines stifle scientists' voices.
18 April 2019
Survey finds that 40% of research-intensive universities mention the controversial metric in review documents — despite efforts to dampen its influence.
1 April 2019
Smriti Mallapaty (Data analysis by Rodrigo Costas Comesana)
Moving countries to further a career in science has its benefits, but it isn’t an option for everyone.
24 March 2019
Catherine Armitage, David McNeill & Smriti Mallapaty
Six scientists whose transformative work reaches across borders.
21 March 2019
Insular institutions seek ways to better accommodate international research partners.
25 February 2019
Multimillion-dollar experiment generates tools to study marine microorganisms.
31 January 2019
Peace and common membership of the European Union have allowed scientists in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to build a unique, cross-border research system.
8 January 2019
The FAST telescope dish, stretching half a kilometre, will thrust China’s radio astronomers into a role of global leadership.
4 January 2019
China’s nanotech industry is forging ahead, with high funding levels, a maturing talent pool, and international experience.
2 January 2019
The work of female researchers has a broader impact than citation analysis suggests, but not in India.
27 December 2018
Global production of scientific papers hit an all-time high this year, estimates show, with emerging economies rising fastest.
20 December 2018
Jeffrey M. Perkel
A new microscope allows researchers to track single cells in developing embryos, forward and backward in time.
17 December 2018
A permissive regulatory climate and a pragmatic approach has seen China’s bioscience sector soar.
20 November 2018
Scientific innovation has long powered the San Francisco Bay Area’s economy, but community and political challenges could undermine progress.
30 October 2018
Logging hypotheses and protocols before performing research seems to work as intended: to reduce publication bias for positive results.
26 October 2018
Only 3% of EU grant funds went to new entrants to the union between 2007 and 2016.
17 October 2018
David Langley & Therina Theron
A lack of trained administrators is holding African scientists back.
4 October 2018
Universities need to prepare researchers for life beyond academia.
3 October 2018
Two new measures aim to assess researchers' independence from their former lab heads.
20 September 2018
Catherine Armitage et al.
These newcomers are making their mark in science across the disciplines.
11 September 2018
Scientists in emerging economies respond fastest to peer review invitations, but are invited least.
6 September 2018
Jeffrey M. Perkel
Good news for grackles
5 September 2018
Sarah Hamylton et al.
"For twenty years people had been telling me how lucky I was to be in our field of research because 'things' were changing for young women. Twenty years later 'things' had not changed.
16 August 2018
As China’s scientists strive to produce research with global prestige, urgent local environmental problems jostle for attention.
2 August 2018
Foreign faculty in Japan are less productive than their local counterparts on many measures, but better connected to global collaborations.
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.
12 July 2018
Mark Reed et. al.
Describing the benefits of excellent research in simple language gets high marks in the REF.
11 July 2018
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
One-quarter of surveyed institutions admit to not complying with guidelines.
22 June 2018
They fear the online platform will become less open, but other researchers say the buyout could make GitHub more useful.
20 June 2018
Lack of independent oversight in examining alleged breaches leaves academics at the whim of institutions.
12 June 2018
These top 10 institutions in the Nature Index were the largest contributors to papers published in 82 leading journals in the past year.
11 June 2018
And the key to its popularity is the online repository and social network, GitHub.
7 June 2018
Two Beijing-based universities are among the top 10 academic institutions in the Nature Index.
23 May 2018
Multi-national study challenges long-held assumptions about efficiency.
21 May 2018
Palaeontologists, biologists are among researchers whose social media reflections reveal what they have given up in the pursuit of science.
20 May 2018
The small university stands out for its citation impact relative to its size.
16 May 2018
Gene collections and astronomy studies dominate the list of the most-cited publications with DOIs on the popular online encyclopaedia.
15 May 2018
Women receive fewer and smaller grants across the world.
9 May 2018
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.
2 May 2018
Richard Van Noorden
The isolated nation publishes fewer than 100 scholarly articles a year — but as political tensions thaw, researchers hope for greater collaboration.
19 April 2018
The REF’s approach to impact incentivizes research that can be obviously linked to outcomes.
18 April 2018
Across the scientific fields, Japanese researchers are bringing together the virtual and real worlds.
16 April 2018
International collaborations are rising, but not enough to put Japan on the global researcher circuit.
5 April 2018
Finding purpose and meaning in the lab.
29 March 2018
Gender pay gap reports reveal extent of male favoritism in the UK.
28 March 2018
Australian academics will need to prove that they have demonstrated the usefulness of their work to communities, industry and government.
27 March 2018
Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow
Consideration should be given to the research impact agenda’s effects on female academics, say Julie Davies and Emily Yarrow.
21 February 2018
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
Tool that tallies engagement with new biomedical concepts seeks to reward novelty.
16 February 2018
Efforts to increase diversity in research assessment panels don’t cut it.
19 January 2018
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
More countries are taking part in cross-border partnerships, but inequality remains.
18 December 2017
15 December 2017
Dalmeet Singh Chawla
Survey finds that women are more prone to recognizing honorary co-authors in papers, but less likely to pad citation lists.
12 December 2017
Ashish Arora, Sharon Belenzon & Andrea Patacconi
6 December 2017
What if it was funders and libraries instead of authors who paid processing fees?
16 November 2017
COMMENT: National initiatives that track people, rather than papers, will lead to better science in the United States.
13 November 2017
9 November 2017
An open society makes Canada an attractive destination for students and scientists, but only as long as government promises for increased funding are met.
8 November 2017
For centuries a hub of ideas and trade, London is embracing ambitious developments to boost research and local connections, despite the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
31 October 2017
A parliamentary hearing on research misconduct finds little evidence of improvement.
25 October 2017
Open-access publishing held to the same standards as paid subscription journals.
18 October 2017
A new model suggests bias towards novel results is driving down reproducible research.
16 October 2017
Lack of clarity on changes to the country's research assessment system provokes anxiety among early-career researchers.
9 October 2017
Researchers in the UK find that the impact factor of journal articles matches judgements by a panel of experts on research quality.
19 September 2017
140 institutions in the United States have spent five consecutive years in the Nature Index top 500.
22 May 2017
Early-career researchers in the UK are less likely to choose open access over subscription journals.
24 March 2017
Despite being among the top science nations, Japan's publication output has stalled over the past decade.
15 March 2017
Years of groundwork underpins rise in research collaborations.
7 March 2017
COMMENT: Ignoring evidence when deciding where research funding goes will not lead to high quality research, says Adrian Barnett.
27 February 2017
Several factors can help institutions secure one of these sought-after grants.
24 February 2017
G20 countries dominate global research spending and production, but the mix is changing.
29 November 2016
Uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future in EU research may be damaging science.
6 October 2016
Does pouring money into research always translate into better outcomes?
11 August 2016
Mark Zastrow, James Mitchell Crow
As a continent, Europe is home to the most rising stars in the index.
30 June 2016
Some UK universities may be affected more than others.
9 June 2016
A new chapter in an old rivalry
20 April 2016
The top 10 institutions in the Nature Index are the largest contributors to papers published in 68 leading journals in 2015