The 68 specialized journals covering the natural and geosciences were selected by two scientific committees. The Nature Publishing Group estimates that around 30 percent of all citations in these fields relate to the selected journals. The ranking takes into account the percentage of authors of an institution at the entirety of authors of a publication. Astronomy and astrophysics journals, which are particularly well represented, are assigned a lower weight.
In 2014, TUM scientists contributed to 477 publications, slightly more than the previous year (475). This puts the TUM in 81st place (compared to 77th last year). “Even if the Nature Index only incompletely reflects the output of international institutions, the result reflects the TUM’s leading position in the sciences,” says TUM president Wolfgang A. Herrmann.
Germany in third place
Once again, two other German universities figured among the top 100: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (rank 59) and the University of Heidelberg (rank 90). The Max Planck Society (rank 4) and the Helmholtz Association (rank 8) also made a strong showing.
Europe-wide, the TUM holds 4th place among technical universities, after ETH Zurich (rank 12), EPF Lausanne (rank 29) and Imperial College London (rank 39).
Germany maintained its third-place position behind the USA and China on the country list.