The top 100 papers

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Citation: Richard Van Noorden, Brendan Maher, Regina Nuzzo (2014/10/30) The top 100 papers. Nature 514 (RSS)
DOI (original publisher): 10.1038/514550a
Semantic Scholar (metadata): 10.1038/514550a
Sci-Hub (fulltext): 10.1038/514550a
Internet Archive Scholar (search for fulltext): The top 100 papers
Tagged: academia (RSS), scientometrics (RSS)


  • The top 100 contains a few famous discoveries, but mostly papers introducing methods which have become standard
  • Confounding factors:
    • Important discoveries become common knowledge (textbooks) and not cited.
    • Older papers have had more time to accrue citations.
    • Some fields has more citations.
    • Some fields have more publications.
  • Many papers have no citations.