Fast-Breaking Papers from Essential Science Indicators

Highly Cited Papers, which constitute the top 1% of papers in each of 22 broad fields and each year of coverage, are listed in Essential Science Indicators from Clarivate Analytics. The lists are updated every two months to reflect their current citation counts and also include new papers that enter the top percentile.

Here, we identify Fast-Breaking Papers, a subset of these papers having the largest percentage increase in citations in their respective fields from one bimonthly update to the next. These papers represent very recent scientific contributions that are just beginning to attract the attention of the scientific community.

The following table lists the Fast-Breaking Papers in each the 22 Essential Science Indicators fields for the third bimonthly update of 2018, which was published in September 2018 and covers 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2018. Please note that in this latest listing, two papers in Computer Sciences happened to attain an identical citation count, so both are featured.


For full details and citation histories of these papers, see the listings of Highly Cited Papers in the Essential Science Indicators product. If you do not have access to the product, please contact your institution’s library or research office.