On the potential distortions of highly cited papers in emerging research fields: A critical appraisal
Ostinelli EG., Gambini O., D'Agostino A.
Citation-based metrics are increasingly used as a proxy to define representative, considerable, or significant papers. We challenge this belief by taking into account factors that may play a role in providing citations to a manuscript and whether/how those highly cited studies could shape a scientific field. A different approach to summarisation of relevant core publications within a topic is proposed.