CAS and Clarivate Analytics collaborate on identifying hottest, emerging fields in sci-research


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October 31, 2016 -Chinese Academy of Sciences and Clarivate Analytics today released "Research Fronts 2016", an annual report identifying prominent areas of scientific research over the past year. This is the third collaborative report from these two organizations.

The joint paper identifies 180 key research fronts including 100 hot and 80 emerging fronts, based on a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature citations. The analysis generated 12,188 research fronts in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database from 2009 until 2015. Research fronts are specialties discovered when scientists cite one another's work, reflecting a specific commonality in the research, which can be experimental data, a concept or hypothesis or even a method.

Working in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Clarivate bibliometric experts utilized the ESI database, a 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. Once identified, the research fronts built on recently published "core" or foundational journal articles.

The 2016 report also features an analysis of the current and potential performance of six leading countries in the 180 research fronts — USA, China, the UK, Germany, France and Japan. Analysts at the the Institutes of Science and Development and the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences also analyzed the 180 research fronts provided by Clarivate in great depth and interpreted it to highlight 28 research fronts of particular interest.


Read the full report: "Research Fronts 2016." Learn more about Essential Science IndicatorsSM, InCites™ and Web of Science.

About Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the linchpin of China's drive to explore and harness high technology and the natural sciences for the benefit of China and the world. Comprising a comprehensive research and development network, a merit-based learned society and a system of higher education, CAS brings together scientists and engineers from China and around the world to address both theoretical and applied problems using world-class scientific and management approaches. Since its founding, CAS has fulfilled multiple roles — as a national team and a locomotive driving national technological innovation, a pioneer in supporting nationwide S&T development, a think tank delivering S&T advice and a community for training young S&T talent. For more information, please visit

About Clarivate Analytics

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