Hot Papers

In our last issue, chemist James Collman of Stanford University took us to task for listing a controversial paper on a new theory of superconductivity in our Hot Papers section (see his letter in The Scientist, February 6, 1989, page 11). The paper in question, by Yuejin Guo, Jean-Marc Langlois, and William A. Goddard of the California Institute of Technology ("Electronic structure and valence-bond band structure of cuprate superconducting materials," Science, volume 239, number 4842, pages 89

Eugene Garfield
Feb 19, 1989
In our last issue, chemist James Collman of Stanford University took us to task for listing a controversial paper on a new theory of superconductivity in our Hot Papers section (see his letter in The Scientist, February 6, 1989, page 11).

The paper in question, by Yuejin Guo, Jean-Marc Langlois, and William A. Goddard of the California Institute of Technology ("Electronic structure and valence-bond band structure of cuprate superconducting materials," Science, volume 239, number 4842, pages 896-9, 19 February 1988), Collman noted, "has been roundly criticized, [which] perhaps accounts for the extensive citation." He asserted that "excessive citation of a scientific article may not be a commendation, but rather a condemnation."

Perhaps we have not made it clear enough what the Hot Papers section represents. We identify a paper as "hot" after we have determined that it has received many more citations than others of the same type...

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