The Highly Cited Papers indicator shows the volume of papers that are classified as highly cited in Essential Science IndicatorsSM (ESI). ESI is a separate service also hosted on the InCites platform and should not be confused with the subject scheme of the same name.
Highly cited papers are the top one percent in each of the 22 ESI subject areas per year. They are based on the most recent 10 years of publications. Highly Cited Papers are considered to be indicators of scientific excellence and top performance and can be used to benchmark research performance against field baselines worldwide. Although Highly Cited Papers are synonymous with % Documents in the Top 1% in InCites, they are not the identical because of differences in subject scheme, time period and document type.