Thomson Reuters Corporation : Thomson Reuters Identifies 100 Key Scientific Research Fronts

 Thomson Reuters Corporation : Thomson Reuters Identifies 100 Key Scientific
                               Research Fronts

Climate-related research, energy exploration and cell signaling are among the
most active areas

PHILADELPHIA, PA - April 18, 2013 - The IP & Science business of Thomson
Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent information for
businesses and professionals, today released its report, "Research Fronts
2013: 100 Top Ranked Specialties in the Sciences and Social Sciences,"
identifying 100 important research areas across multiple fields of science.

Breakthrough Analysis of the Structure of Science Today
By examining highly cited research papers from 2007 through 2012, Thomson
Reuters identified research fronts built on recently published "core," or
foundational, journal articles. These research fronts were segmented into 10
broad fields of science and social sciences, and a top 10 listing was provided
for each. A research front consists of a group of highly cited core papers and
the more recent literature that frequently co-cites these papers. They define
specialty areas of contemporary research.

"Providing this type of analysis for the scientific community is one of the
core competencies of our business," said Gordon Macomber, managing director of
Thomson Reuters Scientific and Scholarly Research. "Trend analysis provides
researchers, funders, and institution administrators a bird's-eye view of key
areas of study with the most rapid growth. This knowledge may help them make
better informed decisions on where they should expand their research efforts,
allocate funds and focus other resources."

Based on Thomson Reuters analysis, the top research fronts are:

FIELD                            RESEARCH FRONT
Agricultural, Plant, and Animal  Impact of climate change on food crops
Ecology and Environmental        Ocean acidification and marine ecosystems
Geosciences                      Analysis of the formation of tectonic plates
                                 in the southern central Asian orogenic belt
Clinical Medicine                Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
Biological Sciences              Genetic analysis of DNA methylation and
                                 missing heritability
Chemistry and Materials Science  Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic
                                 hydrogen production
Physics                          Alkali-doped iron selenide superconductors
Astronomy and Astrophysics       Galileon cosmology addressing the continuous
                                 expansion of the universe
Mathematics, Computer Science,   High-energy rechargeable lithium-air
and Engineering                  batteries
Economics, Psychology, and other Urban policy mobilities and global governance
Social Sciences                  issues

Climate Change Research Appears Across Multiple Disciplines
Climate change is a theme that appeared in several of the research fronts
identified in the study. Specifically, the effects of climate change are
present in the areas of Agricultural, Plant and Animal Sciences; Ecology and
Environmental Sciences; Geosciences; and, Economics, Psychology and other
Social Sciences.

Data from Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, a unique compilation
of science performance statistics and trend data based on journal article
publication counts and citation data from across Thomson Reuters science
databases, was used to identify the fronts.

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