2019 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences - academic

The 2019 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2017 Share 2018 Count 2018 Change in Adjusted Share* 2017–2018
1 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland 80.74 92.00 255 4.1%
2 Nanjing University (NJU), China 58.80 80.23 232 24.6%
3 University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 66.29 69.62 300 -4.1%
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States of America (USA) 80.86 68.76 285 -22.3%
5 University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA) 56.10 63.79 228 3.8%
6 University of Washington (UW), United States of America (USA) 58.88 61.37 191 -4.8%
7 Columbia University in the City of New York (CU), United States of America (USA) 46.58 61.08 207 19.8%
8 Peking University (PKU), China 45.10 60.74 239 23.0%
9 The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), United States of America (USA) 50.77 52.47 146 -5.6%
10 University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), China 35.25 49.41 103 28.0%
11 Tongji University, China 30.58 49.36 155 47.4%
12 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), China 38.46 49.14 263 16.7%
13 Yale University, United States of America (USA) 34.98 49.09 156 28.2%
14 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America (USA) 46.06 46.70 150 -7.4%
15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States of America (USA) 50.24 46.64 186 -15.2%
16 Stanford University, United States of America (USA) 52.19 46.36 154 -18.9%
17 The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan 44.95 46.13 124 -6.3%
18 The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), United States of America (USA) 35.67 44.68 132 14.4%
19 University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), United States of America (USA) 45.45 43.25 139 -13.1%
20 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 25.95 42.07 154 48.1%
21 Tsinghua University, China 35.64 42.03 155 7.7%
22 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 33.62 41.17 108 11.8%
23 China University of Geosciences (CUG), China 32.15 38.53 107 9.5%
24 Beijing Normal University (BNU), China 25.53 38.25 152 36.8%
25 The University of Arizona (Arizona), United States of America (USA) 32.34 38.15 131 7.8%
26 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 31.65 37.37 140 7.9%
27 University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA) 40.19 36.82 116 -16.3%
28 The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia 24.26 35.51 91 33.7%
29 Utrecht University (UU), Netherlands 37.79 35.18 119 -15.0%
30 Harvard University, United States of America (USA) 38.31 34.65 137 -17.4%
31 University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), United States of America (USA) 25.77 33.69 167 19.4%
32 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 31.13 33.02 114 -3.1%
33 Arizona State University (ASU), United States of America (USA) 31.89 32.72 111 -6.3%
34 University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States of America (USA) 23.64 32.52 103 25.6%
35 Princeton University, United States of America (USA) 30.82 32.44 135 -3.9%
36 University of California, Irvine (UCI), United States of America (USA) 33.66 32.16 101 -12.8%
37 Colorado State University, United States of America (USA) 32.43 32.01 102 -9.9%
38 University of Minnesota (UMN), United States of America (USA) 41.98 31.66 120 -31.1%
39 Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), China 23.17 31.59 60 24.5%
40 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), United States of America (USA) 25.03 31.35 85 14.4%
41 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia 31.77 30.66 99 -11.9%
42 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 25.30 30.41 125 9.8%
43 Zhejiang University (ZJU), China 22.03 30.07 58 24.7%
44 Wuhan University (WHU), China 18.35 29.88 62 48.7%
45 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 28.66 29.64 75 -5.5%
46 Cornell University, United States of America (USA) 17.87 29.21 89 49.3%
47 Texas A&M University (TAMU), United States of America (USA) 26.97 28.83 96 -2.4%
48 Australian National University (ANU), Australia 28.06 28.44 106 -7.5%
49 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 30.07 28.34 105 -13.9%
50 University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), United States of America (USA) 16.45 27.62 93 53.4%
51 Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China 15.31 27.43 85 63.6%
52 University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH Mānoa), United States of America (USA) 24.52 26.51 124 -1.3%
53 Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore 24.83 25.55 62 -6.0%
54 University of Bremen (Uni Bremen), Germany 18.46 24.84 87 22.8%
55 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), United States of America (USA) 37.85 24.20 98 -41.6%
56 The University of Iowa (UI), United States of America (USA) 18.44 23.95 86 18.6%
57 University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), United States of America (USA) 38.26 23.94 100 -42.9%
58 Duke University, United States of America (USA) 20.98 22.83 82 -0.6%
59 Curtin University, Australia 15.66 22.56 71 31.6%
60 Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), United States of America (USA) 19.17 22.08 61 5.2%
61 Tohoku University, Japan 19.19 21.92 66 4.3%
62 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 17.48 21.58 83 12.8%
63 McGill University, Canada 18.47 21.56 80 6.6%
64 Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 16.78 21.52 57 17.1%
65 Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark 29.09 21.36 62 -32.9%
66 National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 14.13 21.22 48 37.2%
67 University of Oslo (UiO), Norway 22.63 20.99 81 -15.3%
68 Rice University, United States of America (USA) 21.93 20.82 78 -13.3%
69 Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands 20.18 20.73 56 -6.1%
70 Johns Hopkins University (JHU), United States of America (USA) 20.14 20.60 109 -6.6%
71 University of Southern California (USC), United States of America (USA) 10.21 20.29 55 81.4%
72 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 14.97 19.97 78 21.8%
73 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), United States of America (USA) 25.59 19.82 64 -29.3%
74 The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), Australia 13.86 19.82 72 30.6%
75 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 14.91 19.72 86 20.8%
76 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), United States of America (USA) 23.67 19.55 69 -24.6%
77 University of Florida (UF), United States of America (USA) 23.86 19.27 76 -26.2%
78 Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), China 16.57 19.27 85 6.2%
79 Oregon State University, United States of America (USA) 23.22 18.80 81 -26.1%
80 Monash University, Australia 14.28 18.80 82 20.2%
81 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 16.05 18.70 69 6.4%
82 Paris Cité University, France 17.40 18.24 125 -4.3%
83 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 17.08 18.17 94 -2.8%
84 University of Münster (WWU), Germany 8.15 18.02 41 102.0%
85 Lanzhou University (LZU), China 14.13 17.92 30 15.8%
86 Hokkaido University, Japan 22.02 17.55 50 -27.2%
87 The University of New Mexico (UNM), United States of America (USA) 9.86 17.33 50 60.6%
88 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 14.76 17.13 67 6.0%
89 Purdue University, United States of America (USA) 21.93 17.06 70 -29.0%
90 Ghent University (UGent), Belgium 14.32 16.61 42 5.9%
91 The University of Chicago (UChicago), United States of America (USA) 22.73 16.34 73 -34.3%
92 Brown University, United States of America (USA) 20.30 16.19 56 -27.2%
93 Nagoya University, Japan 10.44 16.11 63 40.9%
94 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia 10.74 16.00 34 36.1%
95 University of Bern (UniBE), Switzerland 13.81 15.80 56 4.5%
96 University of Helsinki, Finland 11.38 15.63 50 25.5%
97 Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel 11.85 15.59 44 20.1%
98 China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB), China 7.95 15.45 46 77.5%
99 Nankai University (NKU), China 8.95 15.33 29 56.5%
100 The University of Oklahoma (OU), United States of America (USA) 12.05 15.31 78 16.1%

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2022 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.