Nature Publishing Index 2010 - Asia Pacific

This supplement was completed in Tokyo on 11 March in the afternoon just as the Great East Japan Earthquake hit Japan. The supplement, thus, does not make any reference to the tragic earthquake or tsunami and its possible consequences for Japan. Our hearts go out to all in Japan in this terrible tragedy but we feel confident that Japan's great strength in science and technology, as exemplified in this supplement, will be key in helping the country recover from this terrible disaster. The thoughts of all Nature Publishing staff around the world are with Japan at this sad and difficult time.

この別冊付録は、東北関東大震災が日本を襲った3 月11 日の午後に東京で完成しました。そのため、この付録には、今回の悲惨な地震や津波と日本に生じうるさまざまな影響については何も書かれていません。私たちは、日本の数多くの人々が、この痛ましい大災害に遭遇されたことを心から悲しんでおります。しかし、それと同時に、この付録にも示されている日本の優れた科学技術力が、惨禍からの復興で中心的な役割を果たすものと確信しています。ネイチャー・パブリッシング・グループの全世界のスタッフの心は、つらく、困難な局面にある日本の人々とともにあります。

David Swinbanks
Managing Director Asia & Australasia
Nature Publishing Group

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The Nature Publishing Index, on which the Nature Publishing Index 2010 Asia-Pacific is based, builds on the success of the 2009 rankings, and provides an ongoing and useful record of the publishing activity of countries and institutions in the Asia-Pacific region in Nature journals. The current publication analyses publishing data for all institutions and countries in the Asia-Pacific region based on the affiliations of authors of primary research articles appearing in Nature journals in the 2010 calendar year.

The Nature Asia-Pacific Publishing Rankings 2010 is based on data from the Nature Publishing Index Asia-Pacific for the period between 1 January and 31 December 2010, and offers insight and analysis into the performance of all Asia-Pacific nations and territories appearing in the Index during that time. The magazine also offers a number of features not available on the Index website itself, such as year on year analysis, as well as introductions to the top ten research institutions from the top countries in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 as judged by the Nature Publishing Index Asia-Pacific. Additional features include a guide to how to get the best out of the Index and a comprehensive list of the publishing records of the top five institutions in Nature and each of the 16 Nature sister journals. The magazine also includes a comprehensive ranking of the top 200 institutions from the Asia-Pacific region.

This year, simultaneous with the publication of the Asia-Pacific rankings, Nature Publishing Group has launched a new index — the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50 — as a beta website. The Global Top 50 ranks the top 50 institutions in the world according to their output of primary research articles in Nature research journals. This index helps place the Asia-Pacific rankings in a global context. Five of the world's top 50 institutions are in Asia, four from Japan and one from China. The growth in publications in Nature journals by scientists at Asia-Pacific institutions along with the presence of Asia-Pacific institutions in the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 50 testifies to the overall strengthening of research in the region.

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