What’s trending in Biomedical Sciences

To develop our eBook content, we draw on our powerful, proprietary research tools, including SciVal and Scopus, to identify subject areas where high-quality research output is strong and growing. We then ramp up our content in that area, using global research hotspots to inform our author targets, and search terms and research output to refine our content emphasis. This year, we feature a series of articles in Online Books Connect that walk through key disciplines in which we publish content, to look more closely at the research trends that inform our publication strategy.

In the March 2016 issue of Online Books Connect, we discussed in detail the metrics, including research publication output, Field Weighted Citation Index, and key search terms, which we use to build our content development strategy, to ensure that we’re developing high-quality content in areas of research growth. We also looked at the research trends for a subset of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering: Organic Chemistry. This month, we turn our attention to Biomedical Research, one of our key areas of publication, to explore a key subfield of Regenerative Medicine.

View of Global Research Output in Regenerative Medicine

Source: SciVal*

Looking at research distribution globally, we see that although US institutions continue to dominate output in this field, there is also a strong presence in Asia and Europe. Japan, China and the UK have been continuously gaining ground in this area.

View of Scholarly Publication Trends in Regenerative Medicine

Source: SciVal metrics*

Regenerative Medicine demonstrates a steady upward trend of scholarly output, with a 12% CAGR, indicating growth in research activity, and an above average FWCI, indicating high-quality research output.

View of Key Terms of Interest for Researchers Searching on SciVal

Source: SciVal metrics*

Key subtopics of interest for researchers are indicated by frequent search terms. We use these key research metrics to build our content and select our authors, to ensure that we continue to build the right solutions at the right time for your researchers to use to pursue their goals.

Key Subtopics:

  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Tissue Therapy
  • Scaffolds
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation

Here are several key frontlist titles in Biomedical Research that have been developed using this data-driven approach:

Here are several popular titles from recent years in Biomedical Research that have been developed using this data-driven approach:


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*For additional information on SciVal metrics, including definitions and ways to apply, learn more at ElsevierConnect, or reference the SciVal Usage Guidebook here.


Contributed by:

Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson, Sales Enablement Manager, Research Reference
Building data-infused tools to serve our customers on ScienceDirect, where we curate and disseminate science content from the world, for the world.