China To Be Top Asia-Pacific NPI Contributor in Next 1-2 Years – Nature Publishing Index 2013

China is on pace to overtake Japan as the leading contributor to the Nature Publishing Index (NPI) in the next two to three years, according to the recently released 2013 Asia-Pacific NPI. In 2013, 65 Chinese institutions made it into the top 100. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) came in as the leading Asia-Pacific institution, publishing 165 articles in NPI journals in 2013, and ranked 6th in the Global Top 100. CAS is made up of more than 100 research centres, of which the Institute of Physics and the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences make the greatest contributions to CAS’s NPI output. Among Chinese universities, the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) was the leader, ranking 9th, while Nanjing University was highlighted as a notable riser, with output in the physical sciences increasing to 6th place (from 14th in 2012). The release also noted that the landscape of China’s international partners is changing, reflecting increased collaborations with Denmark, Canada and Australia, at the expense of those with the US. NPI

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