We anticipate users of the Nature Index to be anyone with an interest in the origin of high-quality scientific research from around the world. Questions such as the following can be explored using the Nature Index:
- How much high-quality scientific research tracked in the Nature Index is produced by my institution? How does this compare to other research organizations across the world/in my region/in my broad field?
- Which institutions make the biggest absolute contribution to high-quality scientific research tracked by the Nature Index globally/in my region/in my broad field?
- Which institutions and countries are collaborating with each other in high quality research, what is the strength of their collaborations and how is that changing over time?
The Nature Index will also provide institutions with an easy means to identify and highlight some of their best scientific research.
The Nature Index provides a perspective on high-quality research on the basis of published articles. It is intended to be one of a number of metrics to assess research excellence and institutional performance. It is not intended to be definitive, and our expectation is that it will be used in concert with other measures and tools.