In the September 2010 Issue of Thomson Reuters Science Watch, cold water corals have been identified as a 'Fast Moving Front', having the largest percentage increase in number of core papers from one period to the next in the field of geosciences.

The 2006 Science paper 'REEFS OF THE DEEP: THE BIOLOGY AND GEOLOGY OF COLD-WATER CORAL ECOSYSTEMS'  has been identified as one of the most cited papers on cold-water corals in recent years. On the Science Watch website, J. Murray Roberts, one of the co-authors, answers a few questions about the paper, how he became involved in cold-water coral research and his future research direction.