Couzin J. SOCIOLOGY: Survey Finds Citations Growing Narrower as Journals Move Online. Science 2008;321(5887):329
The article is focused on a survey analysing on how the migration online of millions of scholarly articles in recent years, has affected research. The survey shows that a smaller number of articles than in the past are winning the popularity contest, pulling ahead of the pack in citations, even though more articles than ever before are available, and that also the average age of citations has dropped. On the basis of this results, the author notes that the shifting of researchers to a central set of publications may lead to easier consensus and less active debate in academia.