Citation Classics Commentaries

Oct 1, 2004 by

Gene Garfield, chairman emeritus of Thomson Scientific, has put his Citation Classics Commentaries online, with full-text. Citation Classics was first published in Current Contents in 1977, prefaced with an essay titled Introducing Citation Classics: The human side of scientific papers. Authors of some of the most cited articles in scientific fields were asked to comment about their paper. 4000 such Commentaries were published between 1977 and 1993.

From Mr. Garfield:
The Citation Classics feature was intended to capture some of the human side of science. We encouraged authors to include personal details that are rarely found in formal academic publications, such as obstacles encountered and byways taken. We also asked that they mention the contributions of co- authors, awards or honors they received for their research, and any new terminology arising from their work. Finally, we asked them to speculate on the reasons why their work had been cited so often.

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