What’s trending in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

To develop Elsevier's eBook content, editorial teams 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.

View of global research output in Organic Chemistry

Source: SciVal*

Some of the metrics that we use are research publication output, the field weighted citation impact of that research output, as well as the location of the output, and key search terms used within those publication areas to find content. Research publication output is roughly measured by the number of journal publications in a given subject area. As journal articles tend to occur close to the time of research completion, this can be a good proxy for understanding research activity.

The Field Weighted Citation Index gives us a view of the quality of research, based on the degree to which it has been cited in other publications. Research output locations help us understand which institutions and regions to target when we seek the best qualified authors to develop our content. While key search terms used indicate which subtopics may be of greatest interest to researchers, allowing us to target those subfields for future publications.

View of scholarly publication trends in Organic Chemistry

Source: SciVal metrics*

Key Subtopics:

  • Synthesis (including advanced reactions methodologies, etc.)
  • Stereochemistry
  • Natural Products/Phytochemistry
  • Heterocycles

Let’s take a look at an example, Organic Chemistry, a subfield of one of our key publication areas, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Scholarly Output and Field-Weighted Citation Impact data show continued, steady growth, and high quality research output across the discipline. Looking at research distribution, we see strong research clusters observed in the US, China, UK/Europe, India, and Japan. Key subtopics of interest are indicated by frequent search terms.

We use 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.

View of Key Terms of Interest for Researchers Searching on SciVal

Source: SciVal metrics*

Here are several key titles from the 2016 Frontlist in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering that have been developed using this data-driven approach:

Here are several popular titles from recent years in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering 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.