Interesting article by Ponomarev et al about how highly-cited research papers could be linked to major scientific breakthroughs. As the abstract indicates, “Scientific breakthroughs are rare events, and usually recognized retrospectively. We developed methods for early detection of candidate breakthroughs, based on dynamics of publication citations and used a quantitative approach to identify typical citation patterns of known breakthrough papers and a larger group of highly cited papers. Based on these analyses, we proposed two forecasting models that were validated using statistical methods to derive confidence levels. These findings can be used to inform research portfolio management practices”. Article citation details are given below:
Ponomarev, I.V., Williams, D.E., Hackett, C.J., Schnell, J.D. and Haak, L.L. (2012) Predicting highly cited papers: A Method for Early Detection of Candidate Breakthroughs. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. [Online] (non-paginated). Available: Science Direct. [Accessed: 13 December 2012].