The Most-Searched Keywords in Scopus and Top Science-Related Terms Searched on Google in 2018
‘Cancer’, ‘blockchain’ and ‘big data’ were among the top search terms in a major science database in 2018.
The search-term data — for 2017 and 2018 — were provided to Nature’s news team by the scholarly database Scopus, which indexes abstracts and references from thousands of journals.
‘Cancer’ takes the top spot for both years. New entries in 2018 hint at what has increasingly been on researchers’ minds — ‘machine learning’ and ‘deep learning’ broke into the top 20, and ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) moved from thirteenth place to fourth.
Search patterns provided to Nature by Google News Lab show which scientific terms people around the world searched the most.
Top Five Science-Related Search Terms on Google (2018)
1. Area of Circle
2. Speed of Light
3. Area of a Triangle
4. Circumference of a Circle
5. Volume of a Cylinder
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