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Discover the diversity – Highly cited articles in stem cell research

Now is the time of the year when everyone involved in journal publishing starts talking about journal citations. Springer and BioMed Central have decided to take this opportunity and jointly celebrate the “Week of Citations.” We'd like to highlight the most-cited articles in stem cell research published in Springer and BioMed Central journals and invite you to find out for yourself how citation counts can differ in various indexing services. Springer articles are freely accessible until July 28; BioMed Central articles are open access and therefore freely available permanently online, immediately upon publication.

What is the impact of an article? 

Researcher
When assessing the impact of a published research article, it might seem logical to look at the Impact Factor of the journal that you find it in. But as journals and scholars have moved online, and citation indexing has been automated, the wealth of information for citation discovery and analysis has vastly increased.
Citation counts can tell a more accurate story about the scholarly impact that an individual article has made than the journal Impact Factor. But where should you look for these counts? There are a number of indexing services tracking and providing information about citations, each with advantages and disadvantages, spanning from bias to discipline-dependence, and limitations of the citation data source.

What does this mean in practice? 

See for yourself! Below you will find a list of articles in stem cell research with the different number of citations in different indexing services. How these indexes differ is explained below.

1. Web of Science 

Thomson Reuters
An online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service maintained by Thomson Reuters. The coverage of the Web of Science encompasses over 30,000 scholarly books, 12,000 journals and 148,000 conference proceedings.
The selection is made on the basis of impact evaluations and comprise open-access journals, spanning multiple academic disciplines. However, Web of Science does not index all journals, and its coverage in some fields is less complete than in others. The total file count of the Web of Science was 46.1 million records, which included 727,549,189 cited references (September 5, 2009).

2. CrossRef 

crossref
A collaborative reference linking service that functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full text content, but rather effects linkages through CrossRef Digital Object Identifiers (CrossRef DOI), which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers.

3. PubMed Central 

PubMed
A free digital repository that archives publicly accessible full-text scholarly articles that have been published within the biomedical and life sciences journal literature. PMC contains over 2.9 million articles, with contributions coming directly from publishers or authors depositing their own manuscripts into the repository per the NIH Public Access Policy.
Submissions into PMC undergo an indexing and formatting procedure which results in enhanced metadata, medical ontologies, and unique identifiers. Content within PMC can easily be interlinked to many other NCBI databases and accessed via PubMed, where also the number of citations from articles in PMC are listed.

4. Google Scholar 

GoogleScholar
A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines; articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.

5. Scopus 

Scopus
Similar to Web of Science, an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service maintained by Elsevier. Scopus holds 53 million records covering 21,915 titles across 5,000 publishers the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Scopus delivers an overview of research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities.

Further reading 

Also read a related article in the BioMed Central Blog, "The diverse world of citation indexing services".

Including open access 

Open Access
Please note that the below list also includes fully open access articles from SpringerOpen and BioMed Central. All articles are made freely available online immediately upon publication. An article-processing charge is levied to cover the cost of the publication process. Authors retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited.

Explore highlighted articles

Below you can find highly cited articles in stem cell research published in Springer and BioMed Central journals. Each article has citation counts from different indexing services (as of April 2014). Enjoy reading the articles and see the diversity for yourself! Non-open access articles are freely accessible until July 28.

Embryonic Stem Cell Marker Expression Pattern in Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Bone Marrow, Adipose Tissue, Heart and Dermis 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
88773415817

Clinical trials for stem cell therapies 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
807332166100

Immunosuppression by mesenchymal stem cells: mechanisms and clinical applications 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
767131151105

The Role of Human Aldehyde Dehydrogenase in Normal and Cancer Stem Cells 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
67482510572

The Relationship Between Pluripotency and Mitochondrial DNA Proliferation During Early Embryo Development and Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
6655278670

Robust Enhancement of Neural Differentiation from Human ES and iPS Cells Regardless of their Innate Difference in Differentiation Propensity 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
6449319071

Different populations and sources of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC): A comparison of adult and neonatal tissue-derived MSC 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
62612313075

Epithelial-mesenchymal transition and cancer stem cells: a dangerously dynamic duo in breast cancer progression 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
5617348765

Activation of beta-catenin and Akt pathways by Twist are critical for the maintenance of EMT associated cancer stem cell-like characters 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
5644299039

Role of Membrane Potential in the Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Differentiation 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
5427237061

A novel serum-free medium for the expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4841178457

The Potential of Adipose Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
47451810058

Clinical and preclinical translation of cell-based therapies using adipose tissue-derived cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4645178054

Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Cardiomyocytes for In Vitro and In Vivo Applications 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4332156751

The Origins of Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Heterogeneity 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4243127247

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines Derived from Equine Fibroblasts 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4136147449

Therapeutic Potentials of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Human Umbilical Cord 

Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4135129052

Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Protects Kidneys against Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury through Suppressing Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Reaction 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
4029176746

Discrepancy between the in vitro and in vivo effects of murine mesenchymal stem cells on T-cell proliferation and collagen-induced arthritis 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
3735176453

Immunomodulatory properties of stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
3733157848

Human multipotent stromal cells attenuate lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury in mice via secretion of tumor necrosis factor-alpha-induced protein 6 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
3120165738

Effects of hypoxic culture conditions on umbilical cord-derived human mesenchymal stem cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
3030135442

Fetal derived embryonic-like stem cells improve healing in a large animal flexor tendonitis model 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
303184637

New concepts on the immune modulation mediated by mesenchymal stem cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2721124728

Advances in mesenchymal stem cell-mediated gene therapy for cancer 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2725155028

Dynamic instability of genomic methylation patterns in pluripotent stem cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2621123528

Clinical applications of mesenchymal stem cells 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2633166436

Notochordal cell conditioned medium stimulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation toward a young nucleus pulposus phenotype 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2624164533

Mesenchymal stem cell effects on T-cell effector pathways 

Open Access
Web of ScienceCrossRefPubMed CentralGoogle ScholarScopus
2518105338
 
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