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Research Areas (Categories / Classification)

Research areas constitute a subject categorization scheme that is shared by all Web of Science product databases. As a result, you can identify, retrieve and analyze documents from multiple databases that pertain to the same subject.

Journals and books covered by Web of Science Core Collection are assigned to at least one Web of Science category. Each Web of Science category is mapped to one research area.

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Research Areas

Research areas are classified into five broad categories: 

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

Arts & Humanities

Life Sciences & Biomedicine

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

Technology

Architecture

Agriculture

Astronomy & Astrophysics

Archaeology

Acoustics

Art

Allergy

Chemistry

Area Studies

Automation & Control Systems

Arts & Humanities Other Topics

Anatomy & Morphology

Crystallography

Biomedical Social Sciences

Computer Science

Asian Studies

Anesthesiology

Electrochemistry

Business & Economics

Construction & Building Technology

Classics

Anthropology

Geochemistry & Geophysics

Communication

Energy & Fuels

Dance

Behavioral Sciences

Geology

Criminology & Penology

Engineering

Film, Radio & Television

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mathematics

Cultural Studies

Imaging Science & Photographic Technology

History

Biodiversity & Conservation

Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences

Demography

Information Science & Library Science

History & Philosophy of Science

Biophysics

Mineralogy

Development Studies

Instruments & Instrumentation

Literature

Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology

Mining & Mineral Processing

Education & Educational Research

Materials Science

Music

Cardiovascular System & Cardiology

Oceanography

Ethnic Studies

Mechanics

Philosophy

Cell Biology

Optics

Family Studies

Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering

Religion

Critical Care Medicine

Physical Geography

Geography

Microscopy

Theater

Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine

Physics

Government & Law

Nuclear Science & Technology

Dermatology

Polymer Science

International Relations

Operations Research & Management Science

Developmental Biology

Thermodynamics

Linguistics

Remote Sensing

Emergency Medicine

Water Resources

Mathematical Methods In Social Sciences

Robotics

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Psychology

Science & Technology Other Topics

Entomology

Public Administration

Spectroscopy

Environmental Sciences & Ecology

Social Issues

Telecommunications

Evolutionary Biology

Social Sciences Other Topics

Transportation

Fisheries

Social Work

Food Science & Technology

Sociology

Forestry

Urban Studies

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Women's Studies

General & Internal Medicine

Genetics & Heredity

Geriatrics & Gerontology

Health Care Sciences & Services

Hematology

Immunology

Infectious Diseases

Integrative & Complementary Medicine

Legal Medicine

Life Sciences Biomedicine Other Topics

Marine & Freshwater Biology

Mathematical & Computational Biology

Medical Ethics

Medical Informatics

Medical Laboratory Technology

Microbiology

Mycology

Neurosciences & Neurology

Nursing

Nutrition & Dietetics

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Oncology

Ophthalmology

Orthopedics

Otorhinolaryngology

Paleontology

Parasitology

Pathology

Pediatrics

Pharmacology & Pharmacy

Physiology

Plant Sciences

Psychiatry

Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging

Rehabilitation

Reproductive Biology

Research & Experimental Medicine

Respiratory System

Rheumatology

Sport Sciences

Substance Abuse

Surgery

Toxicology

Transplantation

Tropical Medicine

Urology & Nephrology

Veterinary Sciences

Virology

Zoology

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Results Page Option

From the Results page, you can refine the results of your search by selecting specific research area terms listed under the Research Areas option.

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Analyze Results Option

From the Analyze Results page, you can group and rank records in a results set by selecting the Research Areas option. Use this feature to view a ranking by field, record count, and percentage of each research area within the results set.