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I've been in academics for past 6 years. For the first four years I was doing research in Fluid mechanics. Then I moved to work in Physical chemistry. After such a transition I find that the impact of my current work and the speed at which I get new, exciting results far exceed the time I did research in Fluids. However, I tend to log less hours now compared to past.

My reason is that certain fields are far more young, where all your efforts turn fruitful. But how can one find such young and impactful fields for building up a research career? How to find a research field that constantly provides me with high impact publications? (Provided I work hard and smart)

P.S: Fluid mechanics is a beautiful field; however, it is so mature that we almost know everything about it.

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    Your title doesn't seem to match your question high impact to the society vs. high impact publications. Perhaps revise? – user2768 Dec 5 '17 at 17:46
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    "How to find a research field that constantly provides me with high impact publications?" High quality research often leads to high quality outcome. Depends on how you look at things! – The Guy Dec 5 '17 at 17:53
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    "Fluid mechanics is a beautiful field; however, it is so mature that we almost know everything about it." A densely populated often experiences some sort of circle j*rk. Much of the publications are small variations of previously known results. Potentials for innovations are left untapped because of monoculture. – Ambicion Dec 5 '17 at 18:05

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