Nature出版集团于2014年12月18日在Nature Index China发文（doi:10.1038/516S66a），对南京市2013年的Nature Index情况作了评论。该文专门评论了南京大学的NI情况，我院鞠熀先教授研究组与陈洪渊院士、徐静娟教授研究组对南京大学的NI贡献位居全校前2名。相关内容摘录如下：
Nanjing has long been a hotbed for scientific discovery and technological innovations. The city's eight pillar industries in the high-tech sector are supported by more than 100 universities and research institutions, including the premier institution for education — Nanjing University (NJU).
NJU is by far Nanjing's largest contributor to the Nature Index, and fourth overall in China by weighted fractional count (WFC). In 2013, the university published 391 articles (WFC = 194.6), accounting for 64% of the city's WFC.
NJU derives most of its WFC from chemistry. Huangxian Ju, Jingjuan Xu and Hongyuan Chen from the school of chemistry and chemical engineering are NJU's largest contributors. Ju produced 13 articles (WFC = 11.8) on fluorescent sensors, which have applications in bioimaging. Xu and Chen co-authored 9 articles (WFC = 8.4) on electrochemiluminescence, a biosensing technology for detecting cell surface proteins and DNA.
NJU is also productive in astrophysics, which makes up 15% of its fractional count (FC). However, owing to the down-weighting of astrophysics journals in the index, these publications contribute a WFC of only 6.9. Jilin Zhou and Zigao Dai from the school of astronomy and space science contribute the most to this field.
Southeast University (SEU) has the second largest output and is focused on the physical sciences, which make up two-thirds of its WFC. In 2013, the institution published 65 articles (WFC = 30.9), with Tiejun Cui being the most prolific contributor. Cui led 11 articles (WFC = 6.1).