Top 5 Scientific Publications and their Most Cited Papers – [2016 Update]

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Introduction

Google Scholar recently released their 2016 Metrics update.

“Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications…This release covers articles published in 2011–2015 and includes citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of June 2016.” [*]

As per their own motto, Google Scholar’s aim is to rank documents the way researchers do, taking into consideration the following:

– the full text of the article
– its authors
– the journal in which it was published
– the number and frequency of citations

Their ranking system purposes to weigh articles not only by the amount of citations they get, but also by their quality.

For a list of Google Scholar’s 2016 top 100 scientific publications, go here.

Google Scholar 2016 Metrics – Top 5

Google uses the h-index, h5-index, and h5-median in its metrics. Here is some terminology you should familiarize with:

“The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist’s most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications.”[*]

To read more about its advantages and criticism, go here.

The h5-index represents the h-index of the articles published in the last 5 complete years; in this case, from the beginning of 2011 until the end of 2015. The h5-median of a journal represents the median number of citations for the articles that build its h5-index. As complicated as it sounds, it is not. [*]

With these in mind, let’s look at the top 5 publications and some of their most impacting papers.

  1. Nature

h5-index – 379
h5-median – 560

Notable papers, by rank (bolded – of my active interest):

  1. An integrated encyclopedia of DNA elements in the human genome

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 4147

  1. An integrated map of genetic variation from 1,092 human genomes

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 3274

  1. Sequential deposition as a route to high-performance perovskite-sensitized solar cells

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 2785

  1. Enterotypes of the human gut microbiome

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 2277

  1. Progress and challenges in translating the biology of atherosclerosis

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1475

For the rest of the papers, go here.

  1. The New England Journal of Medicine

h5-index – 342
h5-median – 548

Notable papers, by rank (bolded – of my active interest):

  1. Rivaroxaban versus Warfarin in Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 4278

  1. Improved Survival with Vemurafenib in Melanoma with BRAF V600E Mutation

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 4235

  1. Prevention of HIV-1 Infection with Early Antiretroviral Therapy

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 3861

  1. Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 1832

For the rest of the papers, go here.

  1. Science

h5-index – 312
h5-median – 464

Notable papers, by rank (bolded – of my active interest):

  1. Porphyrin-Sensitized Solar Cells with Cobalt (II/III)–Based Redox Electrolyte Exceed 12 Percent Efficiency

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 4207

  1. Multiplex Genome Engineering Using CRISPR/Cas Systems

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 2871

  1. Efficient Hybrid Solar Cells Based on Meso-Superstructured Organometal Halide Perovskites

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 2511

  1. Cancer Genome Landscapes

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 1929

  1. Linking Long-Term Dietary Patterns with Gut Microbial Enterotypes

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1515

  1. The Unfolded Protein Response: From Stress Pathway to Homeostatic Regulation

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1489

  1. A Perspective on Cancer Cell Metastasis

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1410

For the rest of the papers, go here.

  1. The Lancet

h5-index – 259
h5-median – 418

Notable papers, by rank (bolded – of my active interest):

  1. Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 4610

  1. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 4097

  1. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 291 diseases and injuries in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 3273

  1. National, regional, and global trends in body-mass index since 1980: systematic analysis of health examination surveys and epidemiological studies with 960 country-years and 9· 1 million participants

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 2470

  1. National, regional, and global trends in fasting plasma glucose and diabetes prevalence since 1980: systematic analysis of health examination surveys and epidemiological studies with 370 country-years and 2· 7 million participants

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 2174

  1. The global obesity pandemic: shaped by global drivers and local environments

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1440

For the rest of the papers, go here.

  1. Cell

h5-index – 224
h5-median – 339

Notable papers, by rank (bolded – of my active interest):

  1. Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 17679

This is one of the most cited papers I know of. I wrote a detailed reviewed here.

  1. mTOR Signaling in Growth Control and Disease

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 2587

  1. Autophagy: Renovation of Cells and Tissues

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1304

  1. The Hallmarks of Aging

Publication date: 2013, Cited by: 1272

  1. Tumor Metastasis: Molecular Insights and Evolving Paradigms

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 1071

  1. Cancer Epigenetics: From Mechanism to Therapy

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 861

  1. Development and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Engineering

Publication date: 2014, Cited by: 867

  1. Basic and Therapeutic Aspects of Angiogenesis

Publication date: 2011, Cited by: 830

  1. Mechanisms for Insulin Resistance: Common Threads and Missing Links

Publication date: 2012, Cited by: 804

For the rest of the papers, go here.

Conclusion

Looking over these publications and their most impacting papers may give you a clue of the current interests of the scientific community – a.k.a. the most active/hot areas of research. I have a feeling that genomics is a rising topic, especially in the context of cancers, disease onset and progression, GWAS, pathogenicity, microbiology, and genome engineering – to name just a few. On the other hand, personal genomics (and personal genetic tests for SNPs) may, currently, bring more chaos/uncertainty instead of good information and peace of mind for the uneducated public.

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