Vanderbilt has placed competitively in the Nature Index. Produced by the journal Nature, the global index tracks author affiliation information from articles published in 68 prestigious natural science journals and ranks institutions according to their rate of inclusion in those journals.
The institutions tracked include academic, independent, corporate and government research facilities. Among other universities, Vanderbilt ranks 41st in the nation and 85th in the world. Among all research institutions, Vanderbilt ranks 45th in the nation and 99th in the world. These rankings indicate a 2.3 percent rise in high-quality natural sciences research output since 2017.