Nature ran a great news feature on the top 100 papers of all time. The graphic below appears in the article and the first thing I wondered is where do papers I've been an author on sit? I know this is pure vanity but lets be honest anyone looking at this is thinking the same thing!
Some bullet points:
- You need over 12,000 citations to rank in the top 100
- Only 14,499 papers have over 1,000 citations
- Fred Sanger got 12x more citations than Watson and Crick
- Biology scores highly with Piotr Chomczynski's RNA extraction and Kary Mullis's PCR at position 5 and 63 respectively.
- BLAST features twice at positions 12 (BLAST) and 14 (Gapped BLAST) in the top 100.
How did I do? So far nothing I've written has made it to over 1000 citations, but 8 papers have made it over 100 so ther's hope that I'll get there in the next twenty years!