About Inspec’s scientific concepts
Follow the guide below or skip to our walkthrough video.
All Inspec articles are assigned several ‘controlled terms’ – subject keywords – which the article is about. Additionally, several ‘subject classification codes’ are assigned, which are generally more specific than controlled terms, and also place it on a detailed hierarchy - differentiating between, for example, ‘Statistics’ for differential geometry, within Physics, or ‘statistics’ for Electrical Engineering, or Computing, or Mechanical Engineering. This contextualisation gives far greater meaning to a keyword than just a single controlled term.
Scientific concept list pages
Understanding the view
a. Scientific concepts (subject classifications and controlled terms) appear listed in order of research output indexed in Inspec with the highest total number of articles at the top.
b. For each scientific concept you can see the number of articles indexed with the term.
c. The percentage change column shows the total change in output as a percentage over the selected time period.
d. Inspec Analytics Plus only: The times cited column shows the total number of times these articles have been cited. The average times cited shows the average number of citations per article.
e. The co-occurring controlled terms column shows the number of co-occurring controlled terms indexed with the term. Click on the number to view and explore these on the co-occurring controlled terms page.
f. The co-occurring subject classifications shows the number of co-occurring subject classification indexed with the term. Click on the number to view and explore these on the co-occurring subject classifications page.
g. In the last three columns, you can see the number of organisations, journals, and conferences associated with articles indexed under each scientific concept. Click on the number to view and explore these.
h. Search for a scientific concept using the search box at the top of the table. Start typing to see suggestions or press “enter” to see results including your search term. Click “Advanced” to see advanced search options:
i. Use the drop-down to select “Include” of “Exclude” search
ii. Add multiple conditions. Each condition will be treated as “OR”.
iii. Search for whole words, partial words or start typing to see suggestions and select a term.
iv. Remove conditions by clicking on the corresponding X or by clicking “remove all”. v. “Apply” to see your results.
i. Click on a concept to go to the scientific concept page.
For controlled terms only:
j. To compare output for a number of controlled terms, select your chosen subjects and click “update graph”. The line graph at the top will display the research output for each of your selected subjects over time. Hover over the points to display the number of articles and percentage change for each year.
Inspec Analytics Plus only: citations are also displayed when hovering over points in the graph.
k. To display your results as a histogram chart, select the toggle at the top.
Exporting your insights
Inspec Analytics Plus only: You can also choose to download your insights as an Excel file.