Whar are the most cited research papers of all time?

Nature News has compiled a list of the 100 most highly cited papers, using data from Science Citation Index. Of the 58 million items analysed, only 14,499 have more than 1,o0o citations – the 1985 discovery of the hole in the ozone layer has 1,871 citations. It takes over 12,119 citations to make the top 100. Watson & Crick’s paper on the structure of DNA misses the cut (5,207 citations) although the first observation of carbon nanotubes is ranked 36th in the list (22,899 citations). Only three papers have more than 100,000 citations.

The winners?

  1. 1951 Protein measurement with the folin phenol reagent: 305,148 citations
  2. 1970 Cleavage of structural proteins during the assembly of the head of bacteriophage T4: 213,005 citations
  3. 1976 A rapid and sensitive method for the quantitation of microgram quantities of protein utilizing the principle of protein-dye binding: 155,530 citations

The most highly cited paper describes an assay to determine the amount of protein in a solution; papers on experimental methods and software dominate the list.

http://www.nature.com/news/the-top-100-papers-1.16224#/interactive has more information, including full citations for the papers mentioned, a spreadsheet with the whole list, and interactive graphics.

IEEE Xplore: What’s new, tips and tricks

The IEEE will be running an IEEE Xplore session at Swansea University on Tuesday 18th November 2014. The session will provide an overview of the IEEE Xplore platform, including search tips and tricks, what’s new, personalisation options and much more about:

  • Finding articles you need quickly and easily
  • Advanced search options
  • Personalisation options
  • Searching by author affiliation/country
  • How to use IEEE Xplore as a placement/job hunting tool
  • New content and features recently added
  • IEEE – How to get published
  • And more…

IEEE Xplore is a major full-text database giving access to journals, transactions, conference proceedings and standards from IEEE and IET, and is an essential tool for research in engineering, computing and technology.

Date:     Tuesday 18th November 2014
Session: 11am – 12 noon
Library Training Room 3

For more information please contact:
Susan Glen
Deputy Subject Librarian
Tel: 01792 295031
Email: s.glen@swansea.ac.uk

Attendance is free. Use this link to book your place. A confirmation of your place will be emailed to you.

The IEEE will also have a stand in the Faraday Engineering Building; from 09am – 10.30am.  So pop by to learn more about how IEEE can help with your course/work and pick up some freebies.

ORCID iDs – ensure you get credit for ALL of your work

ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, mobile, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to distinguish you from all other researchers, automatically linking your professional activities.  It only takes 5 minutes to register and record your ORCID.

  • Funding organisations like the U.S. NIH, Wellcome Trust, and Portuguese FCT are requesting ORCID iDs during grant submission.
  • Publishers such as Nature and Elsevier are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission, and your ORCID iD becomes a part of your publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you.
  • Universities and research institutes such as Harvard, Oxford, Michigan, University of Glasgow, University College London and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) encourage ORCID adoption; many are creating ORCID iDs for their faculty, postdocs and graduate students.
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience and Modern Language Association are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal.

What you should do:

  1. Claim your free ORCID iD at http://orcid.org/register . It only takes two minutes to register. How-to-video
  2. Record your ORCID iD (e.g. 0000-0002-6791-2886) in ABW under the ‘Research Submissions’ tab, this takes 3 minutes.  How-to-video
  3. Use your ORCID wherever you see it:  HR systems, applications for grants, publication submission, Impactstory, Figshare and more. Learn more at http://orcid.org.
  • Put your ORCID in your email signature so you don’t have to remember it or where you put it.
  • Link your ResearcherID and Scopus Author Identifier
  • Import your research outputs and add biographical information using automated import wizards

PG and PhD students, early new researchers and even UG students (if they are conducting work which may be published) are encouraged to register early in their careers to achieve the maximum benefit of this scheme.

Want to know more?  Here are 10 things you should know about ORCID by Impactstory.  If you have any questions about ORCID you can contact Rebecca r.kelleher@swansea.ac.uk , Information Services & Systems.

Changes to the Research Professional login

You can now login to Research Professional using your normal Swansea University username & password.

To login to Research Professional using your university account:

  1.  Open researchprofessional.com
  2.  Click login at the top right hand side of the screen
  3.  On the next screen select ‘Swansea University’ from the box below the text ‘With your university account
  4.  Click ‘Log in
  5.  Enter your Swansea University username and password on the next screen and click ‘Login

You will now be redirected to the Research Professional web site logged into your Research Professional profile.

If you have any questions about the new login for Research Professional, please contact us on 01792 295695 or by email at iss.css@swansea.ac.uk

Uprising: Less prestigious journals publishing greater share of high-impact papers

The journal Science reports on a study carried out by the Google Scholar team. According to this research:

In 1995, only 27% of citations pointed to articles published in nonelite journals. That portion grew to 47% by 2013. And the nonelite journals published an increasing share of the most highly cited papers within each field as well, growing from 14% to 24%.

John Bohanon: Uprising: Less prestigious journal publishing greater share of high-impact papers. (at news.sciencemag.org)

Anurag Acharya et al: Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals. (at arxiv.org)

Peer review: the nuts and bolts

“Using a collection of concerns raised by their peers, the VoYS writing team set off to interview scientists, journal editors, grant bodies’ representatives, patient group workers and journalists in the UK and around the world to find out how peer review works, the challenges for peer review and how to get involved.”

VoYS is the Voice of Young Science, a programme which encourages early career researchers to play an active role in public debates about science. VoYS is funded through donations primarily from professional and learned societies and universities.

Peer Review: the nuts and bolts (PDF)

Voice of Young Science

Research Councils RCUK Research Outcomes Harmonisation

The Research Councils (RCUK) are now using a single, harmonised system for the collection of information on the outcomes of Research Council funded research throughout the life cycle of a grant and beyond. This system is called Researchfish, which has been used by MRC and STFC for a number of years already. Researchfish is a web-based system intended to be of benefit to researchers, as well as a valuable resource for RCUK . RCUK no longer require final reports on grants and have replaced this approach with collecting outcomes information on an ongoing basis.

More information, including links to tutorial videos and further support, can be found here.

Researchfish website: https://www.researchfish.com/

RIOXX version 2 (beta) released

RIOXX is a project aimed at making it easier to track research outputs and attribute them accurately to funding streams. It is also a metadata standard for repositories designed to take into account the requirements of the next REF. The ISS Open Research Group will be monitoring the development of RIOXX to ensure that RIS/Cronfa can support the requirements of research funding bodies.

RIOXX: linking research outputs and funding streams

Scopus: new look for Author Profile pages

Elsevier have announced a new look for Author Profile pages in the Scopus database. The new design has an at-a-glance snapshot of an author’s productivity, and sorting and switching between items in the author’s publication list has been made simpler. Additionally, if an author’s ORCID ID is associated with a Scopus profile then a direct link to that ORCID ID will display on the author details page.

Elsevier have made a number of changes to the Scopus search interface recently. If you’re not yet familiar with Scopus and tend to rely on Web of Science or Google Scholar this could be a good time to try it out.


APCs and subscription offset

Universities that pay for their researchers’ papers to appear in IOP Publishing’s open access journals could have most of the costs offset against their library subscription fees

Under a three-year pilot project announced today, universities taking part will be able to offset much of their expenditure on hybrid article publication charges (APCs) – payable by an author or their institution to have their article published on a “gold” open access basis – against subscription and licence fees for IOP Publishing’s journals.

Gold open access allows a final published paper to be made available immediately under certain conditions, as well as being published in a particular open access journal.

An agreement to set up the pilot project – the first of this type in the UK – followed discussions between the IOP, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Russell Group of universities. Bodies that fund or support UK research, such as the research councils and the higher education funding councils, have funder mandates in place that require research papers to be published through open access, and the scheme will facilitate this.

(source: IOP Publishing launches open access deal)