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citation classic 


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


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