What’s Trending in Economics and Mathematics?

To develop our eBook content, we draw on our powerful, proprietary research tools, including SciVal and Scopus, to identify subject areas where high-quality research output is strong and growing. We then ramp up our content in that area, using global research hotspots to inform our author targets, and search terms and research output to refine our content emphasis. This year, we feature a series of articles in Online Books Connect that walk through key disciplines in which we publish content, to look more closely at the research trends that inform our publication strategy.

In 2016, we have taken a deeper dive into Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Research, Food Science, and Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, discussing in detail the metrics, including research publication output, Field Weighted Citation Index, and key search terms, which we use to build our content development strategy, to ensure that we’re developing high-quality content in areas of research growth. This month, we take a look at a growth area in Economics and Mathematics: Applied Analysis.


View of Scholarly Publication Trends in Applied Analysis

Scholarly Output


Source: SciVal

Intense research and publication production is consistent in this field, making it one of the most active fields within Economics and Mathematic, with a CAGR of ~7%. This steady upward trend of scholarly output indicates strong growth in research activity.  An above average FWCI indicates high-quality research output.

Percentage of Output in Broader Field

Source: SciVal

Understanding the magnitude of output within the broader field is also important to consider. With ~11,000 papers publishing annually, Applied Analysis represents 27.5% of indexed publications in mathematics. This indicates strong interest in the field. It is important that researchers have access to content in this area to support their research and publication process.

Here are several key frontlist titles in Economics and Mathematics that have been developed using this data-driven approach:


Here are several highly sought after backlist titles in Economics and Mathematics that have been developed using this data-driven approach:

Contributed by Elizabeth Gibson | Sales Enablement Manager, Research Reference
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