Chinese institutions rise fast in Nature Index Materials Science

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BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese institutions have seen rapid increase in materials science research output in the Nature Index.

According to the latest Nature Index 2019 Materials Science, a total of 43 Chinese institutions were ranked among the 50 institutions worldwide with the fastest-rising output in materials science between 2015 to 2018.

The index is based on the annual Nature Index that tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 natural science journals. The index has been taken as an indicator of global high-quality research output and collaboration.

The top 10 institutions that clocked the fastest-rising output in materials science are all from China, including the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nankai University and Zhejiang University.

The index also looked at the proportion of materials science research in the total research output tracked by the Nature Index.

In Singapore and the Republic of Korea, more than 40 percent of research articles are from materials science. This compares to more than 35 percent in China and about 15 percent in the United States.

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