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Scientific performance

Publications and transfer

Unless otherwise indicated, the figures refer to the reporting status of the year 2022.

WoS, Scopus or Open Research Europe indexed publications

Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals are an important measure of scientific productivity. Helmholtz continues to show significant growth. In 2022, 19,290 WoS, SCOPUS or Open Research Europe indexed publications appeared. A change in the counting method led to significantly higher values in 2021 due to a one-time effect. As a result, the number of publications was lower than in the previous year. A look at the last five years shows a continuous increase of about 4 percent per year on average.

International networking is also reflected in the increase in international co-publications. As the current bibliometric report (Frietsch et al. 2023), which was compiled as part of the Pact monitoring, confirms, co-publications with international partners have become increasingly relevant for all non-university research institutions. In the case of Helmholtz, for example, the share of international co-publications rose from 60 percent in the period 2010-2021 to a good 65 percent at present.

Nature index 2021/22

A good measure of the quality of research findings is the number of times they are published in prestigious journals. The Nature Publishing Group releases a ranking of the top 200 research organizations worldwide. The “Nature Index” is based on publications in 82 journals that are independently selected as the most important by two panels of scientists from the fields of physics, chemistry, environmental science, and the life sciences. Helmholtz has ranked among the top ten international institutions for years. The table shows the Nature Index for the period January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.


Helmholtz researchers significantly boost Germany’s innovative capacity by disseminating knowledge and converting economically valuable results into entrepreneurial endeavors. Accordingly, Helmholtz places an increasing focus on the transfer of knowledge and technology. In the department of transfer and innovation, we work together with the transfer offices of the centers to promote the exchange between science, industry and society through networks, targeted transfer support programs and the development of joint partnerships. Over the last few years, a variety of new instruments and platforms have been established to promote these aims, including the Helmholtz Validation Fund, the Helmholtz Innovation Labs, and the Innovation Funds of the Helmholtz Centers. At 154 million euros, revenues from business collaborations in 2021 are slightly below the level of previous years, as is the number of patent applications at 341. The number of spin-offs is also stable at 22.

Technology transfer: Revenues

Research spin-offs

Facts and figures 2023

The annual report of the Helmholtz Association

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