Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Fun: Google Scholar Surprises

From Google, a.k.a. the guys with all the data, comes the most recent Google Scholar metrics.

I'm starting to really enjoy the level of specificity Google's learned around academic sub-fields. For instance, in my own sub-field of organic chemistry, who knew that Green Chemistry and Molecules were rising so quickly through the ranks of top-cited publications?

The h5-index Google's using seems like a shot across the bow of the venerable Thomson Reuters Impact Factor. A glance through the top-cited papers across all of chemistry, couched in this 5-year zetigeist, shows some surprising trends in the field: tunable materials, solar conversion, nanoparticles, and genomic medicine win the day - nary a major total synthesis among the top-cited 'scripts of any journal I could find.

If you have a minute, play around - the Google site is clean, easy to navigate, and provides direct links to publications of interest. If you stumble across anything surprising, let me know in the comments!

Happy searching, Happy Friday!
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  1. I played around with it the other day. I was very surprised how high the PlosOne was ranked. Surprised as I wasn't expecting it.

  2. Why are ACIE and Chem Sci listed in 'Organic Chemistry' but not JACS?


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