The big impacts of VIB’s highly cited papers: 2012-2017 analysis

25 June 2018

​For several years in a row, the number of highly cited papers (>100 citations in a five-year window) published by VIB scientists has been rising. When VIB started out, about 4% of the papers written by our scientists achieved the highly cited label. Twenty years later, the proportion of VIB’s highly cited papers has more than doubled, reaching 10% in recent years.

Only the best for VIB scientists
During the 2012-2017 window, a total of 161 papers were cited more than 100 times. In this list, 111 new papers crossed the 100-citation line. Many of these newcomers offer a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms of health and disease (66%) or present insights into the mechanisms governing the biology of plants and microbiota (11%). Even more, the number of metagenomics consortia is on an upward trend, with over 14% papers linked to consortia papers in the field of microbiomes, whole genome analysis and GWAS
studies. Finally, 6% of highly cited papers present new bioinformatics tools or life sciences guidelines. Almost all highly cited papers (96%) were published in the best quarter of life sciences journals (Tier25 journals), and most of them (82%) were even published in the best 5% journals in our fields (Tier5 journals).

Curious to learn more?
Have a look at the 6-year list of VIB highly-cited papers on the VIB website. Based on an analysis of the senior and corresponding authorship of these highly cited papers, we can see that almost half (43%) of these papers are initiated and lead in VIB laboratories (so-called ‘own’ papers). Another clear indication that VIB scientists are playing an important role in pushing the frontiers of life science research forward.

Achieving an exceptional 1,000 citations
We’re extremely proud of the fact that 35 VIB papers – 12 of which are new – have made the phenomenal 1,000-citation shortlist. In addition to papers on GWAS and metagenomics (#4), new bioinformatics tools (#3) and guidelines (#1), publications concerning basic life sciences mechanisms also make a great showing: VEGF
and PlGF synergies, auxin gradients, membrane traffic modeling and the use of nanobodies to describe GPCR structure are topics in the 1,000-citation spotlight!

Heartfelt congratulations to all researchers who have contributed to these highly cited papers.