Selecting 110 hot and 61 emerging research specialties in 11 areas of sciences and social sciences
London, U.K., December 8, 2021 – Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) today released “Research Fronts 2021” report, to identify the hottest and emerging areas in the world of scientific research. This is the eighth annual collaborative report between the two parties and it was launched at a joint forum today in Beijing.
“Research Fronts 2021” identified 171 research fronts, including 110 hot and 61 emerging fronts in 11 broad research areas in sciences and social sciences. Research Fronts are formed when clusters of highly cited papers are frequently cited together, reflecting a specific commonality in the research – sometimes experimental data, a method, a concept or a hypothesis. Around one third of the Research Fronts identified this year are related to COVID-19. These include six among the top 10 Research Fronts in clinical medicine and three among the top 10 Research Fronts in biological sciences. The research being produced in these areas is instrumental to the fight against the disease and will have enormous impact on the world.
Working in collaboration with the Institute of Science and Development and the National Science Library, both affiliated with CAS, bibliometric experts from Clarivate utilized the Essential Science Indicators (ESI)™ database which is built on the foundation of the Web of Science™ index to conduct co-citation analysis. The 2021 report starts with 12,147 Research Fronts in ESI from 2015 to 2020 and aims to discover which Research Fronts were most active or developing most rapidly. Analysts at CAS analyzed the 171 Research Fronts in great depth and interpreted them to highlight 31 key Research Fronts and two key Research Fronts groups.
It has been our pleasure and privilege to collaborate with the Chinese Academy of Sciences on this important Research Fronts report for the past eight consecutive years. Its content guides us to look to the future of research and demonstrates Clarivate’s vision to improve the way the world creates, protects and advances innovation,” said Steen Lomholt-Thomsen, Chief Revenue Officer of Clarivate. “We are incredibly proud of the increasing influence this report has achieved over the years – not only in China but also in the other parts of the world.”
Gao Hongjun, Vice President of CAS said: “Research Fronts 2021 is an important collaborative achievement, launched globally by Institute of Science and Development of CAS, the National Science Library of CAS and Clarivate. Basic research is the foundation of CAS. We have started strategic research programs including ‘Study and analysis on China’s major scientific and technological breakthrough that may impact the future global landscape’, in a move to better understand the future direction and focus of science and technology. We will leverage our research resources to make better forward-looking analysis on China’s key breakthrough in science and technology that may affect the future of the world, as well as better support China’s strategic plan in scientific and technological innovation.”
In conjunction with the Research Fronts 2021 report, Clarivate and CAS also published “2021 Research Fronts: Active Fields, Leading Countries”, which examines and compares national performance across the 171 Research Fronts. It reveals that the US remains the leading nation for research in 11 areas of sciences and social sciences, followed by China. The gap between the US and China has been reduced. Other top 10 countries in terms of performance in these Research Fronts are UK, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Canada, Spain and the Netherlands.
The 22 noteworthy topics among the 110 hottest Research Fronts are:
|Hot Research Fronts||Field of Science|
|Plant pan-genome research||Agricultural, Plant and Animal Sciences|
|Research on the base editors of animals and plants||Agricultural, Plant and Animal Sciences|
|Trend, extinctions, and the drivers of insect declines||Ecology and Environmental Sciences|
|Distribution, exposure, toxicology, and control of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances||Ecology and Environmental Sciences|
|Assessment of global fire emissions using multiple satellite data sets||Geosciences|
|Development and evaluation of multiple global precipitation datasets||Geosciences|
|Clinical characteristics of COVID-19 patients||Clinical Medicine|
|Clinical findings and perinatal outcomes among pregnant women with COVID-19||Clinical Medicine|
|Identification of pathogens of COVID-19, complete genome sequence analysis of SARS-CoV-2 and recognition of ACE2 receptor||Biological Sciences|
|Structure, function and antigenicity of SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein||Biological Sciences|
|Non-covalent interactions (halogen, chalcogen, etc.)||Chemistry and Materials Sciences|
|Chemodynamic therapy||Chemistry and Materials Sciences|
|High-temperature superconductivity in hydrogen-rich compounds under high pressure||Physics|
|Possible link between primordial black holes and dark matter||Astronomy and Astrophysics|
|Scalar-tensor theories and implications from gravitational-wave detections||Astronomy and Astrophysics|
|Methods of solving high-dimensional nonlinear partial differential equations||Mathematics|
|Complex network analysis of nonlinear time series||Mathematics|
|Deep neural networks for video action recognition||Information Science|
|UVA-based wireless communication technology||Information Science|
|The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health||Economics, Psychology and other Social Sciences|
|Application of robots in tourism, marketing, and services industries, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic||Economics, Psychology and other Social Sciences|
The 11 noteworthy topics among the 61 emerging Research Fronts are:
|Emerging Research Fronts (Group)||Field of Science|
|The alleviating effect of ACC deaminase producing PGPR on crop drought stress||Agricultural, Plant and Animal Sciences|
|Impact of nitrogen dioxide levels on COVID-19 mortality||Ecology and Environmental Sciences|
|Insight’s seismic experiment on Mars||Geosciences|
|Organ damages and complications caused by new coronavirus infection (Emerging Research Front Group)||Clinical Medicine|
|SARS-CoV-2 vaccine research and development (Emerging Research Front Group)||Clinical Medicine|
|Structural elucidation and inhibitor discovery of SARS-CoV-2 major protease Mpro||Biological Sciences|
|Rapid detection of COVID-19 causative virus using chemical sensor||Chemistry and Materials Sciences|
|Superconductivity of infinite layer nickelates||Physics|
|Gravitational-wave detections from colliding black holes||Astronomy and Astrophysics|
|Research on deep neural networks for detection and diagnosis of COVID-19 based on medical images||Information Science|
|Psychometric assessment of COVID-19 anxiety||Economics, Psychology and other Social Sciences|
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