Top 10 Chinese institutions in nature publishing

By Xu Lin
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The Chinese Academy of Sciences publishes more nature-related content than any other Chinese institutions, according to the latest Nature Publishing Index (NPI) from Nature Publishing Group (NPG).

The index, published as a supplement to the May issue of "Nature" magazine, ranked institutions and countries/territories based on the number of NPG research articles published in the past year.

This most recent NPI showed that China, which has traditionally been strong in physical science research, is also proving competitive in the life sciences. China ranked first among Asia-Pacific nations in five "Nature" journals: "Nature Biotechnology," "Nature Cell Biology," "Nature Genetics," "Nature Structural & Molecular Biology" and "Nature Methods." The NPI attributed China’s heightened prominence to increased funding for research and encouraged further funding for basic science education.

The growth was reflected both in the number of institutions represented and in the number of papers they produced. There were an unprecedented number of Chinese institutions – 217 – ranked by the NPI in 2012, 43 percent more than there were in 2012. Of these, 107 institutions were appearing on the index for the first time. Twenty-six previously unranked institutions were listed on the Chinese Top 100.

Authors from the Chinese institutions published 303 papers in "Nature" journals in 2012, a 35 percent increase from last year. Chinese publications accounted for 8.5 percent of "Nature" publications overall.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) continues to be the dominant force this year, followed by the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University.

NPI presents a corrected count (CC), based on the percentage of "Nature"-affiliated authors at a given institution, to reflect the relative contributions of individual authors to individual articles.

Only articles printed during the ranking period were included. The online publications were not counted until being assigned an issue number and sent to press.

The following are the top 10 Chinese institutions in nature publishing in 2012.

 The University of Hong Kong(香港大学)

Corrected count: 2.92

Location: Hong Kong

Established: 1911

Academic staff: 6,105


    Postgraduate students: 11,543

    Undergraduate students: 11,490

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