Update 1: I made a mistake when scraping the data. I’ve regenerated the list of research articles but will have to wait on the list including books & reviews for when I get home this evening.
Update 2: I made word clouds! Go see what are the most popular words used in the most-cited papers.
I had originally made this list using Web of Science. However, when poking through the results I realized there were tons of papers that it was not classifying as Neuroscience. Why would a paper dissecting a neural circuit be labeled “Techniques/Other” and be excluded from “Neuroscience”? So I did some digging and found this cool tool called Publish Or Perish that will scrape Google Scholar search results. I’m going to order these in terms of citations/year. It’s interesting that, for all the hustle and bustle, the first Deisseroth paper isn’t until
#13 #18 and that systems neuroscience is totally unrepresented. Ladies and Gentlemen, your Neuroscience Top 20 for the last ten years:
1. 310 citations/year, 3101 total citations. EEGLAB: an open source toolbox for analysis of single-trial EEG dynamics including independent component analysis, Delorme et al. (2004)
2. 263 citations/year, 2633 total citations. Epigenetic programming by maternal behavior, Weaver et al (2004)
3. 234 citations/year, 703 total citations. Expanded GGGGCC Hexanucleotide Repeat in Noncoding Region of C9ORF72 Causes Chromosome 9p-Linked FTD and ALS. DeJesus-Hernandez et al (2011)
4. 218 citations/year, 1094 total citations. Epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in human brain associates with childhood abuse. McGowan et al (2009)
5. 188 citations/year, 1511 total citations. Suppression of basal autophagy in neural cells causes neurodegenerative disease in mice. Hara et al (2006)
6. 165 citations/year, 826 total citations. Mutations in FUS, an RNA processing protein, cause familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis type 6. Vance et al (2009)
7. 163 citations/year, 1145 total citations. Microglia: active sensor and versatile effector cells in the normal and pathologic brain. Hanisch et al (2007)
8. 159 citations/year, 1598 total citations. Separate neural systems value immediate and delayed monetary rewards. McClure et al (2004)
9. 159 citations/year, 1752 total citations. The neural basis of economic decision-making in the ultimatum game. Sanfrey et al (2004).
10. 159 citations/year, 955 total citations. TDP-43 mutations in familial and sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Sreedharan (2008)
11. 147 citations/year, 1179 total citations. Reducing the dimensionality of data with neural networks. Hinton et al (2006)
12. 143 citations/year, 1289 total citations. 5-HTTLPR polymorphism impacts human cingulate-amygdala interactions: a genetic susceptibility mechanism for depression. Pezawas et al (2005)
13. 142 citations/year, 997 total citations. Dissociable intrinsic connectivity networks for salience processing and executive control. Seeley et al (2007)
14. 139 citations/year, 696 total citations. Circular analysis in systems neuroscience: the dangers of double dipping. Kriegeskorte et al (2009)
15. 133 citations/year, 801 total citations. A transcriptome database for astrocytes, neurons, and oligodendrocytes: a new resource for understanding brain development and function. Cahoy et al (2008)
16. 125.9 citations/year, 1259 total citations. Neural systems supporting interoceptive awareness. Critchley et al (2004)
17. 125 citations/year, 628 total citations. Highly efficient neural conversion of human ES and iPS cells by dual inhibition of SMAD signaling. Chambers et al (2009)
18. 124 citations/year, 1122 total citations. Millisecond-timescale, genetically targeted optical control of neural activity. Boyden et al (2005)
19. 123 citations/year, 741 total citations. Pluripotent stem cells induced from adult neural stem cells by reprogramming with two factors. Kim et al (2008)
20. 121 citations/year, 608 total citations. Cortical hubs revealed by intrinsic functional connectivity: mapping, assessment of stability, and relation to Alzheimer’s disease. Buckner et al (2009)
21. 120 citations/year, 1204 total citations. Cloning of the Gene Containing Mutations that Cause PARK8-Linked Parkinson’s Disease.
22. 118 citations/year, 1308 total citations. Both of Us Disgusted in My Insula: The Common Neural Basis of Seeing and Feeling Disgust. Wicker et al (2003).
23. 117 citations/year, 1297 total citations. Normalization of cDNA microarray data. Smyth et al (2003)
24. 117 citations/year, 588 total citations. Parvalbumin neurons and gamma rhythms enhance cortical circuit performance. Sohal et al (2009).
25. 115 citations/year, 1271 total citations. Neural mechanisms of empathy in humans: a relay from neural systems for imitation to limbic areas. Carr et al (2003).
26. 113 citations/year, 1017 total citations. Understanding emotions in others: mirror neuron dysfunction in children with autism spectrum disorders. Dapretto et al (2005).
27. 112 citations/year, 1123 total citations. The neural basis of altruistic punishment. De Quervain (2004).
And here are the most cited articles if you include books and reviews.
1.894 citations/year, 5346 total citations. The prefrontal cortex, J Fuster (2008)
2. 798 citations/year, 5591 total citations. Pattern recognition and neural networks. Ripley (2007)
3. 472 citations/year, 3778 total citations. Fundamentals of Neural Networks: Arquitectures, Algorithms, and Applications. Fausett (2006)
4. 451 citations/year, 451 total citations. Right hemisphere language comprehension: Perspectives from cognitive neuroscience, Beeman et al. (2013)
5. 328 citations/year, 1641 total citations. Neural networks and learning machines. Haykin (2009)
6. 310 citations/year, 3101 total citations. EEGLAB: an open source toolbox for analysis of single-trial EEG dynamics including independent component analysis, Delorme et al. (2004)
7. 303 citations/year, 910 total citations. The diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease: Recommendations from the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer’s Association workgroups, Albert et al. (2011)
8. 295 citations/year, 2655 total citations. Developmental neurobiology, Rao et al (2005)
9. 286 citations/year, 3154 total citations. The endophenotype concept in psychiatry: etymology and strategic intentions. Gottesman et al (2003).
10. 274 citations/year, 1099 total citations. Neural Computing-an introduction. Beale et al (2010)
11. 263 citations/year, 2633 total citations. Epigenetic programming by maternal behavior, Weaver et al (2004)
12. 250 citations/year, 1750 total citations. Neuroscience, Bear et al (2007)
13. 234 citations/year, 703 total citations. Expanded GGGGCC Hexanucleotide Repeat in Noncoding Region of C9ORF72 Causes Chromosome 9p-Linked FTD and ALS. DeJesus-Hernandez et al (2011)
14. 222 citations/year, 1336 total citations. Effective treatments for PTSD: practice guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Foa et al. (2008)
15. 221 citations/year, 1550 total citations. Dynamical systems in neuroscience. Izhikevich (2007)
16. 218 citations/year, 1094 total citations. Epigenetic regulation of the glucocorticoid receptor in human brain associates with childhood abuse. McGowan et al (2009)
17. 217 citations/year, 1306 total citations. Mechanisms and functional implications of adult neurogenesis. Zhao et al (2008)
18. 213 citations/year, 427 total citations. Fundamental neuroscience. Squire et al (2012)
19. 198 citations/year, 1189 total citations. The human central nervous system. Nieuwenhuys et al (2008).
20. 194 citations/year, 779 total citations. Handbook of emotions. Lewis et al (2010).
Here is all the data in CSV form.
Lessons learned? Uh, be famous and write reviews or books? But more seriously, make a technique that everyone needs to use. Or do fMRI on something that will grab general interest.