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In the recent paper "Interdisciplinary knowledge combinations and emerging technological topics: Implications for reducing uncertainties in research evaluation,"  Seokbeom Kwon, Jan Youtie, and Alan L Porter put forth a new indicator of emerging technological topics as a tool for addressing challenges inherent in the evaluation of interdisciplinary research. They present this indicator and test its relationship with interdisciplinary and atypical research combinations.

The unprecedented, explosive growth of the COVID-19 domain presents challenges to researchers to keep up with research knowledge within the domain. In the paper "Tracking and Mining the COVID-19 Research Literature" this research is profiled to help make that knowledge more accessible via overviews and novel categorizations. Porter et. al. provide websites offering means for researchers to probe more deeply to address specific questions. The authors further probe and reassemble COVID-19 topical content to address research issues concerning topical evolution and emphases on tactical vs. strategic approaches to mitigate this pandemic and reduce future viral threats. Data suggest that heightened attention to strategic, immunological factors is warranted. Connecting with, and transferring in, research knowledge from outside the COVID-19 domain demands a viable COVID-19 knowledge model. This study provides complementary topical categorizations to facilitate such modeling to inform future Literature-Based Discovery (LBD) endeavors.

TechMining analysts, software specialists, researchers, and managers gathered virtually November of 2020 for the 10th Global TechMining Conference to share advances in data and analytic models, methods, and applications used to track the dynamics of science, technology, the economy, and society. Keynotes where delivered by Dr. Diana Hicks (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dr. Fred Phillips (University of New Mexico), Dr. Yuya Kajikawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Dr. Wolfgang Glänzel (KU Leuven), Dr. Xiwen Liu (National Science Library, CAS), and Dr. Ozcan Saritas (Higher School of Economics, Russia). The benefit  of the conference "going virtual" is open access recordings of all program sessions will be available through May 2021.

VantagePoint is enabling the bibliometric analysis of developments in COVID-19 related scientific publications (PubMed and the Web of Science) through many lenses of who, what, where, and when. As one example, the recent paper "Insights Scientific publications and COVID-19 "research pivots" during the pandemic: An initial bibliometric analysis" examines the extent to which researchers across fields of science have pivoted their research outputs to focus on topics related to COVID-19, with surprising findings in such subjects as social sciences and arts and humanities.