Is a question such as "which current fields are producing the most research?" appropriate? For Example, I am primarily interested in comparing the different 'amounts' of research (publications?) being done, for example, in bio-medical research vs civil engineering. I am curious in this question because it seems that certain industries/research fields (for example, computer science) are much more active than other industries. Is this an appropriate question for SE.Academia, and is there a way to quantify the amount of research being done for a given field of study? Thanks.
I believe that this would be an appropriate question to ask (with a little bit of refinement):
Is there a way to quantify the amount of research being done for a given field of study?
The answer, of course, may not be too useful. The answer is essentially: yes, lots of them, and none of them are any good. It's much like the question of how to compare the research productivity of individuals, which also has no single good answer, and which is why many researchers live under a tyranny of "Impact Factor."