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The CNRS tops international rankings

Present in all fields of knowledge, the CNRS features among the world's leading research organizations.

Nature Index

With a total of 4,589 articles referenced in 2017, the CNRS tops the Nature Index, an international ranking of scientific institutions by the journal Nature. It is placed ahead of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Germany’s Max Planck Institutes, Harvard University in the US and the Spanish National Research Council. To find out more


According to the 2017 Scimago Institutions Rankings (SIR), the CNRS is the second world's leading research organization in terms of scientific publications, ahead of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences and Harvard University in the US.

The SIR evaluates more than 4,800 international universities and research institutions whose scientific output exceeded 100 publications in 2012. It covers the period 2008-2012 and is based on the indexation of worldwide scientific papers in the Scopus database. To find out more

The CNRS also comes top of the Scimago World Innovation Rankings 2014, ahead of Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health in the US. This second ranking focuses on the scientific publications of patent-filing organizations. To find out more

Largest patent-filers

With more than 373 patent requests published in 2016, the CNRS comes in sixth place for the number of patents filed with the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).

It is the second research organization in the ranking, after the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). To find out more


The CNRS is fourth worldwide and second in Europe, according to the international Webometrics ranking dedicated to the Web visibility of research institutions. To find out more

Thomson Reuters
Top 25 Global Innovators ranking of government research institutions

For Thomson Reuters, the CNRS comes in eighth position among government research institutions in terms of innovation. To find out more