NATURE INDEX

Ongoing challenge

China now publishes more scientific research than the United States, but on measures of quality, including publication of articles in the top-notch journals tracked by the Nature Index, it still falls short, with some notable subject exceptions.

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Source: Nature Index/Dimensions from Digital Science/OECD

Source: Han, X. & Applebaum, R. P. PLoS ONE 13, e0195347 (2018).

PARTNERS IN SCIENCE

Just under 50% of China’s articles in the Nature Index were internationally collaborative in 2015–17, about the same proportion as the US, but much less than the UK and Germany (each around 75% internationally collaborative). Here, multilateral collaboration score (MCS) measures the Chinese institution’s collaboration with multiple overseas institutions, while the bilateral collaboration score (CS) is a measure of the collaboration between the two institutions shown.

Top 10 Chinese institutions by international collaboration 2015-17

Chinese institution

International MCS 2015–17

Top global partner

Country

Partner’s country rank by FC 2015–17

CS 2015–17

Chinese Academy of Sciences

1,657.88

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

35

157.75

Peking University

461.42

Harvard University

United States

1

36.26

Tsinghua University

436.79

Stanford University

United States

2

47.03

Nanjing University

389.25

Stanford University

United States

2

23.41

Zhejiang University

332.59

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

1

23.05

University of Science and Technology of China

308.91

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

1

33.73

Fudan University

298.54

Harvard University

United States

1

26.57

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

234.34

Dresden University of Technology

Germany

16

19.95

Xiamen University

200.59

National Institutes of Health

United States

5

17.91

Soochow University

185.72

Florida State University

United States

84

13.05

Nature 564, S58-S59 (2018)

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07688-0

This article is part of Nature Index 2018 China, an editorially independent supplement. Advertisers have no influence over the content.

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