With a third more papers than last year and a host of new institutions, China’s performance in the 2012 Nature Publishing Index is its strongest to date. Nature’s numbers show that the quality of research has improved, but the authors conclude that more support for basic science is encouraged.
There have also been calls for the establishment of a coordinated approach to training and retaining of good researchers as well as more clarity in how the best scientists are recognized.
In terms of the cities, Beijing and Shanghai still account for the lion’s share of the country’s high-quality research output.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) continues to be the dominant force, with the University of Science and Technology of China, Tsinghua University, Peking University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University rounding out China’s top 5.