, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 1829–1830 | Cite as

Discussion about the new Nature Index

  • Robin Haunschild
  • Lutz Bornmann


Very recently, the Nature Index has been proposed and published. It offers the possibility to rank institutions and countries according to the absolute numbers of papers published in a selection of 68 journals. We discuss the main elements of the Nature Index, and we wish to start a discussion about the Nature Index by stating four main points of criticism. The main problem of this Index seems to be the use of absolute numbers without normalization. Furthermore, measures of quality are reintroduced on the basis of reputation of journals rather than quality (impact) of single publications.


Absolute Number Journal Impact Factor Publication Output Large Poll Global Factor 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Solid State ResearchStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Division for Science and Innovation StudiesAdministrative Headquarters of the Max Planck SocietyMunichGermany

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