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Inspec Trend Review

We invite you to examine global trends across a wide range of physics, computer science and engineering disciplines and explore the interconnected nature of research in our first annual Inspec Trend Review.

As the definitive physics, electronics, and engineering database IET Inspec has indexed more than 21 million articles from publishers around the world. The precise indexing for content in Inspec powers Inspec Analytics, our dynamic and intuitive research intelligence tool. Inspec Analytics utilises powerful semantic mapping to identify trends and patterns across the global research that is indexed in Inspec.

In our Inspec Trend Review 2020, we use Inspec Analytics to closely examine the top-level subject classification codes within the Inspec classification hierarchy to provide valuable insights into the trends and patterns of global research.

Our Trend Review includes the following information for each featured subject classification code:

  • Article output: Reveals the total amount of content published globally in 2020 and how that number compares to previous years.
  • Organisation output:  Shows the total number of organisations that published content on this subject classification (including its descendant subject classifications) in 2020 and identifies which of these organisations published the most research. Further insight can be gained by exploring the individual organisation pages within Inspec Analytics.
  • Co-occurring controlled terms:  Identifies which of the 10,000+ Inspec controlled terms have been used most frequently with this subject classification on items published in 2020. More commonly used terms have the greatest correlative significance, giving insight into trending topics related to the area of research.
  • Co-occurring subject classifications:  Shows the other Inspec subject classifications which have been used most frequently with this classification on items published in 2020. More commonly used codes have the greatest correlative significance. This can be more granular codes within the same classification hierarchy, but also can show co-occurring concepts – signifying interconnected areas of research.

As we work together to engineer a better world, where will the future of research take us?

Start your own exploration by clicking any of the links in this report to begin uncovering your own unique insights using your organisation’s Inspec Analytics subscription.

Unlike other discovery and analytics tools, Inspec allows you to drill down through up to five levels of subject classification, giving you unparalleled insights. Examine specific areas of research, uncover new and emerging fields, discover relevant journals and conferences, identify potential collaborators, and more.

Section A - Physics

General [A0000]

The physics of elementary particles and fields [A1000]

Nuclear physics [A2000]

Atomic and molecular physics [A3000]

Fundamental areas of phenomenology [A4000]

Fluids, plasmas and electric discharges [A5000]

Condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties [A6000]

Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties [A7000]

Cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology [A8000]

Geophysics, astronomy and astrophysics [A9000]

Section B – Electrical Engineering and Electronics

General topics, engineering mathematics and materials science [B0000]

Circuit theory and circuits [B1000]

Components, electron devices and materials [B2000]

Magnetic and superconducting materials and devices [B3000]

Optical materials and applications, electro-optics and optoelectronics [B4000]

Electromagnetic fields [B5000]

Communications [B6000]

Instrumentation and special applications [B7000]

Power systems and applications [B8000]

Section C – Computers and Control

General and management topics [C0000]

Systems and control theory [C1000]

Control technology [C3000]

Numerical analysis and theoretical computer topics [C4000]

Computer hardware [C5000]

Computer software [C6000]

Computer applications [C7000]

Section E – Mechanical and Production Engineering

General topics in manufacturing and production engineering [E0000]

Manufacturing and production [E1000]

Engineering mechanics [E2000]

Industrial sectors [E3000]