​​​CSU Northridge has been ranked among the top 25 institutions in North America for publishing scientific research, according to Nature Index, an off-shoot of the journal Nature that measures high-quality research output.


In 2015-16, CSU Northridge had the largest increase in research publication rates on the continent for articles in chemistry, life sciences, physical sciences, and earth and environmental sciences in select journals. CSUN is the only public institution of higher education in California included in the ranking, with an increase of more than 190 percent over the year.

Faculty in CSUN's College of Science and Mathematics and their student teams played a large role in achieving this recognition. Anthropology professor Hélène Rougier’s article​, "The genetic history of Ice Age Europe," received the university's highest score in outreach, meaning it was picked up by more media and shared widely on social media. Four other scientific articles by other CSUN professors ranked high on online engagement as well. 

This recognition "reflects the success of [the] undergraduate and graduate-based research model in producing both great science and invaluable training opportunities for [CSUN] students," says
Larry Allen, Ph.D., chair and professor of biology at CSUN.

Every year, faculty and their student researchers throughout the California State University system publish more than 7,500 articles in peer-reviewed journals and other media. Campuses collaborate to study fields such as agriculture, water, biotech, social science, and the ocean, and faculty and students at each campus engage in research, scholarship and creative activity to make discoveries and solve problems, thereby contributing to the greater good.

Learn more about the CSU's excellence in research.