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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Albert-László Barabási

Nature 484, 96-100 (2012)

O. Rozenblatt-Rosen, R. C. Deo, M. Padi, G. Adelmant, T. Rolland, M. Grace, A. Dricot, M. Askenazi, M. Tavares, S. J. Pevzner, F. Abderazzaq, D. Byrdsong, A.-R. Carvunis, A. A. Chen, J. Cheng, M. Correll, M. Durate, C. Fan, M. C. Feltkamp, S. B. Ficarro, R. Franchi, B. K. Garg, N. Gulbahce, T. Hao, A. M. Holthaus, R. James, A. Korkhin, L. Litovchick, J. C. Mar, T. R. Pak, S. Rabello, R. Rubio, Y. Shen, S. Singh, J. M. Spangle, M. Tasan, S. Wanamakter, J. T. Webber, J. Roecklein-Canfield,, E. Johannsen, A.-L. Barabasi,, R. Beroukhim, E. Kieff,, M. E. Cusick, D. E. Hill,, K. Munger, J. A. Marto,, J. Quackenbush, F. P. Roth,, J. A. DeCaprio, M. Vidal

Nature 487, 491-495 (2012)

V. Palchykov, K. Kaski, J. Kertesz, A.-L. Barabási, R. Dunbar

Scientific Reports 2:370, 105 (2012)