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Essential Science Indicators: About Essential Science Indicators


Essential Science Indicators provides bibliographic information for research analysis and evaluation purposes

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Essential Science Indicators in short

Type: Research tool that allows you to measure scientific impact and identify emerging trends within various fields of science

Subject: Multidisciplinary – covers 22 disciplines within scientific and technical research areas.

Content: Calculations are based on data retrieved from the journals indexed by Thomson Reuters i.e. over 12 million articles from over 12,000 journal titles. Data stems from articles, reviews, conference proceedings and editorial material. The citation counts in ESI are based on a 10 year rolling file and the site is updated and the numbers recalculated every two months.

What's in Essential Science Indicators?

Essential Science Indicators (ESI) is an analytical tool that enables the assessment of researchers, institutions and publications within a given research area. It is a compilation of research performance statistics that can identify current trends within a given research area, analyze research performance, as well as rank companies, individual scientists, publications, journals, and institutions.

ESI complements other research evaluation tools (such as h-indexes and Journal Citation Reports) by giving additional information useful for the assessment and monitoring of scientific output.

To be included in ESI, certain citation thresholds must be met – which means that only “top” researchers, institutions etc. are included in ESI.  

The ESI interface consists of a map of the world providing you with a visual image of the research output of individual countries. A mouse-over feature allows you to assess individual countries’ output of top papers indexed in ESI. You may subsequently analyze global or country specific information for each of the 22 scientific disciplines covered by ESI – you may also look up individual authors and compare their research output to others, just as you can assess research networks, find highly cited institutions within specific disciplines etc.

Since ESI is hosted on a Web of Science platform (called InCites) you can access individual articles in Web of Science via the ESI interface, and if the article in question is part of DTU license agreement, you may access the full-text immediately.