Science of Success

Handful of papers dominates citation

An ‘impact disparity’ is emerging in science — only a few papers earn the largest share of citations. This is comparable to the income disparity in the United States, known as the 1% phenomenon, where 1% of the population earns a disproportionate 17.4% of total income.


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E. Ravasz, A. L. Somera, D. A. Mongru, Z. N. Oltvai, A.-L. Barabási

Science 297, 1551-1555 (2002)

G. Palla, A.-L. Barabási, T. Vicsek

Nature 446:7136, 664-667 (2007)

J. P. Onnela, S. Arbesman, M. C. Gonzalez, A.-L. Barabasi, N. A. Christakis

PLoS One 6:4, 1-7 (2011)