• review;
  • advances in Raman spectroscopy;
  • developments in Raman spectroscopy;
  • applications of Raman spectroscopy

The purpose of the review is to provide a concise overview of recent advances in the broadly defined field of Raman spectroscopy as reflected in part by the many articles published each year in JRS as well as in trends across all related journals publishing in this research area. Context for this review is derived from statistical data on article counts obtained from Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge by year and by subfield of Raman spectroscopy. Additional information is gleaned from presentations featuring Raman spectroscopy presented at the meetings of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies 2011 and the Sixth International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy 2011. Papers published in JRS in 2010, as reviewed here, reflect trends at the cutting edge of Raman spectroscopy, which is expanding rapidly as a sensitive photonic probe of matter at the molecular level with an ever-widening sphere of novel applications. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.