Hot topics and most-cited papers in scientific research, 2007-08

April 2009  (from the Apr. 30, Thomson Reuters Newsletter)

Science Watch takes its annual look back at the hottest of recent research.

Science Watch from Thomson Reuters tracks trends and performance in basic research year-round. In this highly anticipated annual review, it identifies researchers who accounted for the highest numbers of Hot Papers published over the preceding two years from 2008. It also highlights which papers published during 2008 were the most cited by year’s end.

Kuo-Chen Chou of the Gordon Life Sciences Institute and Shanghai Jiao Tong University tops the Hot Paper rankings, with 17 published since 2007 covering a variety of sequencing tools for predicting protein location. Thirteen of these reports were co-authored with another of the featured scientists, Hong-Bin Shen.

The list of 2008’s most-cited papers is striking for the prominence of physical-sciences reports in the top spots—especially those on iron-based superconductors, a topic that accounts for the number one paper and three others in the top ten. Theoretical physics, and specifically string theory, also registers strongly, with several papers examining recent refinements to M-theory.

The hottest research of 2007-08: read the full analysis

Citation alerts for authors

Elsevier is now offering an automatic, free service to authors:  By publishing in an Elsevier journal, the author will be notified, when his/her article has been cited when the citing articles have been indexed in Scopus. (Self-citations are not included.)

The service is called CiteAlert.  Here is the press release:

A broader, similar service is been available to all Scopus subscribers, of which Princeton is one.  On every page that displays an article’s bibliographic data and abstract, there is a link at the right that allows for subscribing to a citation alert.

Notice came via Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Jan. 30, 2009.