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Fast Moving Fronts
November 2003
  Read comments by: 

Adrian T. Lee
Spa. Sci.

Ethan Rubenstein
Pha. & Tox.

Barry B. Snider

David Wendehenne and Jörg Durner
Pla. & Ani Sci
•>Research Front Map from Space Science

Emerging Research Fronts
October 2003
  Read comments by:

S. Korsmeyer & L. Scorrano
Mol. Bio. & Gen.

Gheorghe Paun
Com. Sci

Jorge Russo

Stuart Maloy

John T. Jayne

•>Research Front Map from Mol. Bio. & Gen.

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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 topic 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.

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Featured Special Topics:

This Month's Special Topic: 
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) §

A R C H I V E S from July 2001 to present:

Alzheimer's Disease
   April 2003
   March 2002
   October 2001
Antibiotic Resistance
   February 2003
Earthquakes §
   September 2003
   December 2002
   May 2002
Embryonic Stem Cells
   November 2001
   December 2001
Arabidopsis and Plant Disease Resistance
   January 2003
Fuel Cells
   July 2003
   August 2001
Aryl Halide Chemistry
   May 2003
Genetically Modified Crops
   June 2002
   November 2002
   February 2002 
Global Warming
   January 2002
   March 2003
Breast Cancer
   July 2001
Hepatitis C
   September 2002
Quantum Cryptography
   September 2001
Conducting Polymers
   July 2001
Mad Cow & Other Prion Diseases
   August 2003
Quantum Dots
   October 2002
Coronaviruses §
   June 2003
Magnesium Diboride Superconductors
   August 2002
   July 2001
Deep Vein Thrombosis §
   October 2003
Molecular Self-Assembly
   April 2002
West Nile Virus
   July 2002
§ = new interview added to that Special Topic this month!

Menu for all Interviews and Essays of Special Topics listed above

ESI Special Topics also spotlights New Hot Papers, Fast Breaking Papers (both have some comments/mini-interviews and are updated bi-monthly), 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.
New Hot Papers - November 2003
     Comments & Interviews by:
"Comments/Mini-interviews," from the author(s) of the paper!
Winslow R. Briggs;
Plant & Animal Science
Ute Bültmann and IJmert Kant, Ph.D.;
Valina L. Dawson;
Rui Loja Fernandes;
Gianluigi Fogli, Eligio Lisi, Antonio Marrone, Daniele Montanino, Antonio Palazzo;
Guang-Ping Gao;
Athanasios Koutavas;
Cass R. Sunstein;
Social Sciences, general
Joel Susskind;
Mathieu Rouget;
James M. Tour;
Material Sciences
James M. Wilson;
Renato Zenobi;

Menu of all past New Hot Papers
comments and mini-interviews

Fast Breaking Papers - October 2003
     Comments & Interviews by:

"Comments/Mini-interviews," from the author(s) of the paper!

Herman Buerstmayr;
Plant & Animal Science
Philip C. Calder;
Agricultural Sciences
Jairton Dupont;
Guang-Ping Gao;
Craig Henke;
Space Science
C. Ronald Kahn; Multidisciplinary
Sarah Lewington;
Clinical Medicine
Wallace S. Martindale;
Tomaso Patarnello;
John Robertson;
Material Sciences
Ivan Stojmenovic;
Computer Science
A. Sozinov, A Likhachev, N. Lanska, and K. Ullakko;
Masahiro Yamamoto & Shintaro Sato;

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