21 per cent of all citations go to the elite

Science Daily  February 9, 2021
Researchers in Denmark used a linked dataset of more than 4 million authors and 26 million scientific papers spanning 15 years and 118 scientific disciplines to quantify trends in cumulative citation inequality and concentration at the author level. They found that a small stratum of elite scientists accrues increasing citation shares, and that citation inequality is on the rise across the natural sciences, medical sciences, and agricultural sciences. The rise in citation concentration has coincided with a general inclination toward more collaboration. While increasing collaboration and full-count publication rates go hand in hand for the top 1% most cited, ordinary scientists are engaging in more and larger collaborations over time but publishing slightly less. The analysis shows that top-cited scientists increasingly reside in high-ranking universities in western Europe and Australasia, while the United States has seen a slight decline in elite concentration. The findings align with recent evidence suggesting intensified international competition and widening author-level disparities in science…read more. TECHNIAL ARTICLE¬†

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