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ISI Essential Science Indicators - Special Topics

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Summarized Publication and Citation Data from ISI for the Analysis of Research Trends & Performance

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Special Topics Methodology
Research Front Methodology
New Hot Papers
Fast Breaking Papers
Emerging Research Fronts
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William B. Krabill; Geosciences

Ambra Pozzi;
Clinical Medicine

Wolf Reik; Biology & Biochemistry

Zhifeng F. Ren; Materials Science
Fast Moving Fronts
Professor Michael E. Mann Read comments from Professor Michael E. Mann, about this month's Fast Moving Front in Geosciences.
Christian Rischel Christian Rischel talks about his Fast Moving Front in Physics.
CDC Research Chemist Andreas Sjodin from the Center for Disease Control comments on his Fast Moving Front in Environment/Ecology.
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he ESI Special Topics Web site is designed to complement  ISI Essential Science Indicators Web product in providing citation analyses and commentary for selected scientific research areas that have experienced notable recent advances or are of special current interest. Each topic is prefaced with a description of its relation to the main ISI Essential Science Indicators rankings and the methodology used to assemble the data from the ISI Essential Science Indicators database. A new topics is added monthly. The data presented for each topic include citation rankings for scientists, institutions, nations, and journals. Most special topics also feature interviews and essays by prominent scientists in the area.

Featured Special Topics:
Magnesium Diboride Superconductors - August 2002 §
West Nile Virus - July 2002 §
Genetically Modified Crops - June 2002 §
Apoptosis - May 2002 § §
Molecular Self-Assembly - April 2002 §
Diabetes - March 2002 §
Branes - February 2002
Global Warming - January 2002 §
Obesity - December 2001
Embryonic Stem Cells - November 2001
Nanotechnology - October 2001
Quantum Cryptography - September 2001
Optoelectronics - August 2001
Breast Cancer - July 2001
Conducting Polymers - July 2001 
Schizophrenia - July 2001
§ = new interview added to that Special Topic this month!

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ESI Special Topics also spotlights New Hot Papers, Fast Breaking Papers (both have some with comments/mini-interviews), Emerging Research Fronts, and Fast Moving Fronts, all of which deal with current and emerging trends in specialized areas of research. Methodologies for the various entities and commentary on data interpretation are also included.
Fast Breaking Papers - August 2002
     Comments & Interviews by:
Shizuo Akira, M.D., Ph.D.;
Gerard Bruin, Ph.D;
Joseph R Calabrese, MD;
Psychology / Psychiatry
Dr. Peter Daszak;
John Huelsenbeck;
PComputer Science
Dr. Heidi J. Nast;
Social Sciences, general
Dr. Philip Kaaret;
Space Science
Dr. Dr. Scott Macfarlane;
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Prof. Dr. H.G. Muller;
Jon B. Manchester, Ph.D.;
Ecology / Environment 

Complete Menu for all past Fast Breaking Papers
comments and mini-interviews

(Fast Breaking Papers are updated bi-monthly)

New Hot Papers - July 2002
     Comments & Interviews by:
Rolf Apweiler Rolf Apweiler ; Computer Science Dr. James S. Bullock Dr. James S. Bullock;
Space Science
Gunther Hollopeter Gunther Hollopeter;
Clinical Medicine
Takashi Ito, M.D. Ph.D.;
Dr. Tatsuo Kakimoto;
Plant & Animal Science
Frederick C. Nucifora Jr., Ph.D.;
Neuroscience & Behavior
Richard L. Priem, Ph. D. ; Economics & Business William O. Smith, Jr.;
Michael Turelli, Ph.D.;
Environment / Ecology
Dr. Phil Ward Dr. Phil Ward ; Agricultural Sciences

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(New Hot Papers are updated bi-monthly) - Tracking Trends and Perfomance in Basic Research
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