Website news (Correspondent: Zheng Xianzhen) On November 13, the Nature Publishing Group (NPG) published for the first time the world's top 200 research institutions and universities in Natural Index. Our school ranks 105th, with 154 papers and a contribution index of 98.8, ranking 8th of Chinese universities (including Hong Kong and Macao). The contribution index of this year has increased by 33%, compared with the contribution index of 74.27 in 2012. This is a remarkable progress.
Nature Index is a database issued by NPG and its subsidiaries-Digital Science. It mainly monitors and tracks the papers published by 68 high-caliber journals in the previous year and evaluates the scientific contribution of the authors and related institutions. These published journals represent the best scientific achievements by researchers, which will be elected by two independent evaluation teams of in-service scientists.
Compared with the Nature Publishing Index before 2013, the biggest difference of Nature Index is: this year’s monitoring and tracking scope of journals is not limited to publications by NPG. Three indexes are vital: article count, fractional count and weighted fractional count.
Statistics shows that China's research output and quality have seen a steady rise: its Nature Index in 2014 is only next to the United States, ranking 2th in the world.
Nick Campbell, executive editor of Nature and director of NPG of China, says: "Natural index reflects in its unique perspective the continuous growth of China's scientific research, particularly the growth of high quality research output. It offers a new method for evaluation of scientific papers and its contributing institutions. By focusing on a tiny fraction of the journals selected by researchers, we hope to provide a new level of analysis with more pertinence and adaptability. It is also our hope that users can adopt this index to create a scientific research pattern, to focus on trends and strengths, and learn to cooperate with agencies and countries."
NPG is an international publisher of scientific journals. Located in London, it owns several internationally influential journals: Nature Neuroscience, Nature Biotechnology, Natural Method, Nature Reviews, etc., the best-known of which is Nature.
The world's top 200 research institutions
Distribution of journals and papers in data sources of Nature Index
(Editor: Fu Xiaoge)