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Essential Science Indicators: Publisher

ESI is an analytical tool that helps you quickly identify highly-cited research in your field.

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Hot & Highly Cited Papers

ESI Hot and Highly Cited Papers make it easy to pinpoint the most influential research in your journals. For subscribers, ESI is integrated with Web of Science Core Collection, which means that you can easily identify the top-performing papers in your results via ESI icons.


Highly Cited Papers are papers that perform in the top 1% based on the number of citations received when compared to other papers published in the same field in the same year. Click on the Highly Cited Paper icon for more details about an item.



Hot Papers are papers published in the last two years that are receiving citations quickly after publication. These papers have been cited enough times in the most recent bimonthly period to place them in the top 0.1% when compared to papers in the same field and added to the database in the same period.


You can use the ESI Top Papers refine option in WoS Core Collection to limit your results to the Hot and/or Highly Cited Papers published in your journals. Marketing could use this integration to highlight the high-impact research from particular titles, and editors may want to identify the authors that contributed to this influential work.