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Chapter 51 : The Magasanik Paradox
The journal Nature published a study of the 100 most cited scientific papers that provides food for thought to the working stiffs (I used to be one). First of all, I find it quite natural for any researcher to keep an eye on how often his or her work is cited. Other than a personal reaction from colleagues and friends, there is no better way to find out how well one’s paper is accepted beyond the confines of one’s own lab. And who would not want to know? So, the topic of frequency of citations touches most of us.