The distribution of citations in the context of Journal Impact Factor
February 13, 2014
The key takeaway is in the figure (which Noah also twittered).
In 2003 the JIF for Nature Neuroscience was 15.14, for J Neuro 8.05 and for Brain Research 2.474. Nature itself was 30.98.
Plenty of people refer to the skew and the relative influence of a handful of very highly cited papers but it is interesting and more memorable to see in graphical form, isn’t it?