citation classicJoe Segen2016-12-25T09:19:10+00:00
INFORMATICS, SCIENCE JOURNALISM
A term of art for a research article or report that has been cited in subsequent biomedical literature more than a certain number of times.
Citation classics are examined by the Nobel committee as a benchmark of original work. In the past, the ISI—Institute of Scientific Information objectified a citation classic as one that was cited more than 400 times J Lab Clin Med 1990; 116:755, but any number is an oversimplification, given that what may be high in one field may be low in another.
Psychologist Brian Nosek offered a stratification of citations in his field.
100 times cited = high impact
300 times cited = widespread impact
1000 times cited = citation classic
3000 times cited = transformational impact