UT Austin Ranks No. 25 Globally for Science in Latest Nature Index


AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 25 in the world among academic institutions for publication of scientific research, according to the latest annual report from the Nature Index. 

UT Austin ranked No. 16 among all U.S. universities and No. 7 among U.S. public universities.

The Nature Index also evaluates productivity of the top global institutions in four specialty subject areas. UT Austin had top 50 rankings in three:

  • No. 10 in Earth and Environmental Sciences (No. 8 among U.S. universities)
  • No. 18 in Chemistry (No. 7 among U.S. universities)
  • No. 24 in Physical Sciences (No. 14 among U.S. universities)

“These objective measures of UT Austin faculty’s research productivity and impact demonstrate longstanding strength in the sciences,” said President Gregory L. Fenves. “Our scientific leadership helps us educate innovators and deliver tremendous value as a public research university."

The Nature Index tabulates author affiliations for about 60,000 scientific articles published per year in 68 elite natural science journals identified through an independent survey of researchers and scientific experts. The list of journals includes prestigious publications in chemistry, life sciences, physical sciences and earth and environmental sciences, including Science and Nature. Editors counted the number of times each institution's authors appeared in the journals, adjusting fractionally for co-authorship.

Other Texas schools listed in the top 200 academic institutions include: Texas A&M University (No. 58), The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (No. 81), Baylor College of Medicine (No. 101), Rice University (No. 124) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (No. 184).

UT Austin has been ranked highly for research disciplines and global competitiveness in other recent publications. U.S. News & World Report (2016) gave the university top 10 rankings in more than 40 graduate programs. 

Recent global rankings include:

  • No. 30 in U.S. News & World Report's Global University Rankings (2016)
  • No. 30 by the Center for World University Rankings (2015)
  • No. 37 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015)

To view the Nature Index ranking tables, visit: http://www.natureindex.com/annual-tables/2016/institution/academic/all.