Thomson Reuters and Chinese Academy of Sciences Identify the Hottest, Emerging Fields in Scientific Research

Advances in ALS Research and Environmental Science Are among the Hottest Research Fields, while Genomic Editing and Solar Cell Fabrication Emerge as Leading Research Fronts

Dec 11, 2014, 00:01 ET from Thomson Reuters

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today released  "Research Fronts 2014: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences," an annual report identifying prominent areas of scientific research over the past year.

The study identifies the top 100 hottest fields of scientific research and 44 emerging research fronts, based on a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature citations. Working in collaboration with the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC), Thomson Reuters bibliometric experts utilized  InCitesTM Essential Science IndicatorsSM, the world's leading web-based research analytics platform and a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly paper publication counts and citation data from the Web of ScienceTM, the premier web-based environment for scientific and scholarly research, to identify "research fronts"  built on recently published "core" or foundational journal articles.

Five noteworthy topics among the hottest research fronts are:

Hottest Research

Field of Science

Uncovering Genetic Links to ALS and Dementia:
Hexanucleotide Repeat Expansion and Its
Association with Frontotemporal Dementia and ALS

Biological Sciences

Longer-Life Batteries: Electrode Materials for
Sodium-Ion Batteries

Chemistry and Materials Science

Silicon Science: Growth Properties of Silicene


Understanding Impacts of Drought and Heat:
Drought- and Heat-Induced Tree Mortality

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Psychology: Statistical Evidence and Replication in
Experimental Psychology

Economics, Psychology and Other Social Sciences

Five noteworthy topics among the hottest research fronts are:

Emerging Research Fronts

Field of Science

Genomic Editing & Repair: CRISPR/Cas System
for Genomic Editing

Biological Sciences

Neglected Diseases: Clinical and Virological
Features of Middle East Respiratory System

Clinical Medicine

New Electronics: Inverse Spin
Hall and Spin Seebeck Effects


Alternative Energy: High Performance Perovskite-
Sensitized Solar Cells

Chemistry and Materials Science

Advanced Imaging: Application of Magnetic
Resonance Imaging in Functional Connectomics

Biological Sciences

"We were pleased to work with the NSLC to expand the depth of this year's Research Fronts report," said  David Pendlebury, Thomson Reuters IP & Science analyst. "The combined strength of Thomson Reuters unparalleled data and analysis capabilities with the Chinese Academy's expertise in scientific research not only increases the depth of the report, but also provides a solid foundation for researchers, funding agencies and administrators for better decision making by identifying research trends and new areas of study."

Read the full report: "Research Fronts 2014: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences." Learn more about InCites and Web of Science.

About National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC)
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