For the ranking, two panels of scientists select 68 journals centering on natural and earth sciences. The Nature Publishing Group estimates that around 30 percent of all citations in these subjects come from these journals. The ranking also takes into account the percentage of authors from one institute and the number of affiliated institutions per article. Specialist astronomy and astrophysics journals, which encompass a much larger proportion of the total publication output of these fields, are down weighted.
TUM researchers contributed to 508 publications in 2015 – an increase on the previous year (477). This earned TUM 73rd place in the Nature Index for universities, making it the top scoring German technical university once again.
Fourth place among European technical universities
From a European perspective, TUM is one of the top four technical universities, after ETH Zürich (8th place), EPF Lausanne (29th place) and Imperial College London (33rd place).
In the country ranking, Germany remains in third place, behind the US and China.