A HIGHLY Cited Paper

February 7th, 2013

Here’s one more piquant paper for the file.

I got into a discussion yesterday about chemistry in PNAS and what important papers had been published in the journal. The best I could do off the top of my head was Lewis and Nocera’s review on powering the planet in 2006. After getting dinged from Science and Nature, most chemists seem to turn to Nature Chemistry, JACS, or Angewandte instead of PNAS.

Figuring there had to be something better, I dropped the question on the Twitter feed, and @josarc came through with this gem—a paper by Fred Sanger on DNA sequencing cited a whopping 64,989 times according to Web of Knowledge.

To put that number in perspective, it is almost 1.4 times the total sum of citations for papers by K.C. Nicolaou over his entire career (47,585).

Hot damn. This has got to be the record for chemistry, right?

9 Responses to “A HIGHLY Cited Paper”

  1. Curious Wavefunction Says:

    Would you regard the folin phenol reagent paper from JBC by Oliver Lowry as a chemistry paper? It’s the highest cited paper EVER, in all of science. Quite remarkable.


  2. See Arr Oh Says:

    So, while we’re talking biochem / DNA, might I point you to the Lowry paper in J. Biological Chem, 1951, 265?


    Claims to be the “most cited” paper ever, with 275,669 citations as of 2004. SciFinder must “top out” at 87,000, since that’s the highest number they show for it. Google shows 230,390.

    Still…those are BIG numbers!

  3. See Arr Oh Says:

    See, Ash beat me to it. He’s just THAT good.

  4. See Arr Oh Says:

    More fun: http://www.garfield.library.upenn.edu/essays/v13p045y1990.pdf

  5. Matt Says:

    The B3LYP paper from Becke has 38K references. Not as impressive as Lowry, but a lot of the theory papers are uber cited.

  6. Stu Says:

    ‘A short history of SHELX’ (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1107/S0108767307043930/abstract) published only in 2008 has already been cited almost 30,000 times. It’s the reason that Acta Cryst. A’s IF jumped to roughly 50 for a couple of years (it’s usually around 2), see: http://community.thomsonreuters.com/t5/Citation-Impact-Center/What-does-it-mean-to-be-2-in-Impact/ba-p/11386

  7. wolfie Says:

    My hoarse index is about 23.

  8. wolfie Says:

    Paul’s is : 6

    Results found: 21
    Sum of the Times Cited [?] : 198
    Sum of Times Cited without self-citations [?] : 189
    Citing Articles[?] : 183
    Citing Articles without self-citations [?] : 179
    Average Citations per Item [?] : 9.43
    h-index [?] : 6

  9. wolfie Says:

    its like F***ing the spaniard you N***er wanted

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