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Web of Science: Basics and More: Unique Features

Highly Cited Papers

Definition:  A paper that belongs to the top 1% of papers in a research field published in a specified year. The 1% is determined by the highly cited threshold calculated for the research field in the specified year.

Hot Paper

A paper published in the past two years that received a number of citations in the most recent two-month period that places it in the top 0.1% of papers in the same field.

Journal Impact Factors

Definition: An impact factor is a number that measures of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. Thomson Reuters

You can see the one year and five year impact factors for journals by clicking on the journal title in the search results list.

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