Most cited research papers

November 3, 2014

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In the department of comparing large numbers to objects and situations that are slightly more relatable, this graphic from Nature explores citations in research.

The bar on the left shows the height of a theoretical stack of papers that represents the first page of every paper cataloged in Web of Science. It would almost reach the height of Mount Kilimanjaro. The breakout stack is a zoomed in view of the 14,351 paper pages with at least 1,000 citations, and finally, the magnified orange section represents the top 100 papers. Also a flying bug.