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Science-Metrix develops and employs methods that are at the frontier of bibliometrics. Using customized versions of several bibliometric databases, we apply best practices in scientometrics and technometrics, and contribute to the body of knowledge that determines what those best practices should be. As such, we know the limits of our methods and approach them critically.

In addition to paper and patent counts, our science and research metrics draw on citation analysis, social network analysis and scale-free models. The following list of indicators are commonly computed and offered by Science-Metrix. Other indicators are developed to respond to specific questions. We are constantly improving our set of bibliometric indicators to best answer our clients’ needs.

Production Number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals or number of patents granted
Production, weighted Number of papers or patents weighted per capita or by investment levels
Specialization A measure of the research intensity of an entity in a given area relative to a reference entity in the same area
Citation strength An indicator of the observed impact of an entity calculated from citation counts
Relative impact An indicator of expected impact based on the journals in which papers are published
International and inter-institutional collaboration rate Proportion of papers or patents with at least one co-author from abroad or from another organization
Scientific Collaboration networks/Social network analysis Collaboration networks that illustrate scientific collaboration patterns between countries, organizations or researchers

Science-Metrix utilizes and develops advanced methods to delineate and measure research activities in very specific or emerging scientific fields. Our expert analysts have developed unique tools to enable the production of statistics on scientific and technological domains not yet defined by existing classification systems.

Sample list of specific areas:

Agriculture Forest research
Aquatic research Fuel cells
Arctic research Genomics
Biophotonics Management and business
Bioproducts Material research
Biotechnology Mental health
Climate change Nanotechnology
Consumer research Pharmacogenomics
Energy Robotics
Environmental sciences Stem cells

See sample projects descriptions and reports available for download