RESOURCES: Science's Top Hits

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Science  07 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5536, pp. 1735
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5536.1735b

Want to know about the hottest papers in your field. Chemists can find out at CAS Science Spotlight, sponsored by the Chemical Abstracts Service of the American Chemical Society. The new site ranks the 10 most cited journals, papers, and patents for 1999 and 2000, based on the more than 8000 journals covered by CAS. Surprisingly, the number one article last year was an ancient (well, from 1970) Nature paper on the assembly of virus head capsules. Supplying the latest on reading habits, another section lists the 10 articles and patents most often requested from CAS during the previous quarter. All papers and patent documents can be downloaded for free.

Another spot for gleaning such tidbits is the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), with its well-known citation databases. The institute issues free, weekly dispatches on everything from hot physics papers to the most prolific universities in ecology. ISI also recently launched “ISI Highly Cited,” a sort of Who's Who listing CVs and publications for the most-cited researchers since 1981.


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