Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has been named the top academic research institution by the scientific journal Nature in the 2019 Index Annual Tables. Nature describes CSHL, with more than 600 researchers specializing in cancer, neuroscience, genomics, and quantitative biology, as a “hub of breakthroughs.”
“The inclusion this year of a normalized ranking alongside the standard Nature Index annual tables is especially interesting because the ranking draws to light some smaller institutes that are proportionally outstripping research powerhouses,” said David Swinbanks, Founder of the Nature Index. “The smallest institutions in the top ten have some common features: ambition, as disclosed by mission statements about striving to be the best in the world, interdisciplinarity, with the strong embrace of collaboration across fields, and in several cases, the backing of Nobel laureates.”
The 2019 ranking takes into account several factors, including the number of articles, the contribution an institution makes to an article, and is based on about 60,000 articles published during 2018 in the 82 scientific journals included in the Nature Index.