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Clarivate Analytics and Chinese Academy of Sciences release ‘Research Fronts 2017’, their joint annual report identifying 143 top areas of scientific research -

Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to enable the research ecosystem to accelerate discovery, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have released 'Research Fronts 2017', their joint annual report identifying 143 prominent areas of scientific research over the past years. This is the fourth collaborative report from the two organisations and was launched at the joint forum held at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

The report identifies 143 key research fronts including 100 hot and 43 emerging specialty areas spanning 10 broad areas of sciences and social sciences, based on a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature citations. The analysis was based on 9,690 Research Fronts generated from the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database during the period from 2011 until 2016. Research Fronts are specialties discovered when clusters of highly cited papers are frequently cited together, 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 utilised the ESI database, a web-based research analytics platform and a unique compilation of science performance metrics and trend data based on scholarly publication and citation data from Clarivate Analytics Web of Science. Once identified, the Research Fronts built on recently published ‘core’ or foundational journal articles. The Institutes of Science and Development of the Chinese Academy of Sciences selected 27 key Research Fronts and interpreted these specialty areas for the joint report. It is worth mentioning that two of the key Research Fronts identified are related to the award-winning research by this year's Nobel Laureates in chemistry and physics.

In conjunction with the Research Fronts 2017 report, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Clarivate Analytics also published a new analytical report which examines and compares national performance across the 143 Research Fronts, thereby reflecting a country's contribution and citation impact (global influence) in a particular Research Front. This report reveals that based on the 143 Research Fronts, the USA is still leading global research followed by China in second place ahead of the UK and Germany. China is most prolific in chemistry, materials science, mathematics, computer science and engineering, and is leading the rest of the world in terms of research in mathematics, computer science and engineering.

The full 'Research Fronts 2017 report in Mandarin is available online at The English version of the report is expected to be available on November 9, 2017.

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