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

  • John P. A. Ioannidis mail

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: jioannid@cc.uoi.gr

    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

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  • 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.
http://plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0000005#article1.front1.article-meta1.abstract1.sec1.p1

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