Research Article

Concentration of the Most-Cited Papers in the Scientific Literature: Analysis of Journal Ecosystems

  • John P. A. Ioannidis mail

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    Affiliations: Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology Unit, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece, Biomedical Research Institute, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Ioannina, Greece, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

  • Published: December 20, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000005

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Science publication and the "long tail"

Posted by dsingh on 21 Dec 2006 at 06:18 GMT

A minority of scientific journals publishes the majority of scientific papers and receives the majority of citations. The extent of concentration of the most influential articles is less well known.

This is a classic head scenario. As publication opportunities and avenues increase, will there be long tail effects in scientific publication