A bit more on top cited papers & authors

After sharing my post about bicycle research, Corey Burger asked on Twitter if I had a list of most cited articles by year. My reply: “I produced the list in 2017 for most cited overall. It hasn’t changed much. But perhaps by year could be more interesting, for newer articles. Stay tuned.”

I have now added a few sheets to a google sheet I produced for my previous blog post based on Google Scholar’s metrics. There I have the articles published in 2015-2017 with at least 15 citations as of late July 2019. I haven’t spent the time to add links, but the DOIs are there, so you can copy and paste to find the papers.

Doing this reminded me that I had looked at the top cited authors, and forgot to include that in the original post. The analysis is limited to the first author, which unfortunately does not recognize the collaborative work being done. Here are the ones with at least 200 citations. There is a sheet on the Google sheet with a list of all first authors with 100 or more citations.

Top cited authors



    • The majority of journals in which these top articles were published are subscription-based and therefore behind paywalls, and most of these top 20 articles are inaccessible to anybody without a subscription. This means for many readers outside research universities, the only ways to get the final versions are not strictly legal, or by emailing the author. The publishing companies are Elsevier, Sage and Taylor&Francis. In order to publish in these journals Open Access, the costs range from US$1300 to $3750. Fortunately there are at least two new proposals to form OA journals, so I think the bike research community may finally be waking up to the need to make our work more widely available from the moment of publication. Bike research is a prime candidate for change following the DORA declaration, which asks hiring and promotion committees for academics to ignore impact factors of journals, and simply read the work instead, on its own merits. https://sfdora.org/ Without this sentiment guiding academic careers , it appears bike research has been coopted by commercial publishers charging our libraries handsome fees [as the CA state system is rebelling against with Elsevier in 2018/19] or substantial APCs, beyond the reach of people without substantial research grants or institutional support.


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