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The top 10 most cited scientific articles from Denmark

Bibliometrics — The University Post has extracted the most cited articles — all time — by scientists associated with Danish universities.

The list below shows the most cited articles, throughout recent history, by scientists who at the time of publishing were associated with a Danish university.

The list has been extracted from the Scopus database.

Citation numbers are often used to assess an article’s impact and originality. But the counting of citations can, in itself, subtly change how science is practiced, according to Claus Emmeche, associate professor at the Research Group on History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Copenhagen. You can read more about what we have done and what citations are here.

At the top of the list is a paper co-authored by British palaeontologist David Harper, who worked at the University of Copenhagen at time of publishing in 2001. The University Post asked him how his paper came about, and why it is so well-cited. You can read what he said here.

The Top 10 cited publications from Danish universities

[This list has been updated 4 January 2021. An astute reader made us aware that in a previous version of this list we delimited Scopus searches to ‘articles’. This potentially missed scientific publications classified as ‘letters’. This means minor changes at the bottom of the new list, so we have added the places 10 through 15. ]

Author with Danish university-affiliation is in bold.

1.

Article title and link: Past: Paleontological statistics software package for education and data analysis
Author/s: Hammer, Ø., Harper, D.A.T., Ryan, P.D.
Date: 2001
Journal: Palaeontologia Electronica 4(1), pp. XIX-XX
Number of citations: 19,399
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: University of Copenhagen.

2.

Article title and link: The Cochrane Collaboration’s tool for assessing risk of bias in randomised trials
Author/s: Higgins J.P.T., Altman D.G., Gøtzsche P.C., Jüni P., Moher D., Oxman A.D.,Savović J., Schulz K.F., Weeks L., Sterne J.A.C.
Date: 2011
Journal: BMJ (Online) 343(7829),d5928
Number of citations: 14,588
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: University of Copenhagen:

3.

Article title and link: Global Prevalence of Diabetes: Estimates for the year 2000 and projections for 2030
Author/s: Wild, S., Roglic, G., Green, A., Sicree, R., King, H.
Date: 2004
Journal: Diabetes Care 27(5), pp. 1047-1053
Number of citations: 11,422
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: Aarhus university

4.

Article title and link: Generalized autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity
Author/s: Bollerslev, T.
Date: 1986
Journal: Journal of Econometrics 31(3), pp. 307-327
Number of citations: 10,491
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: Aarhus University

5.

Article title and link: Standardisation of spirometry
Author/s: Multiple authors including Pedersen, O.F.
Date:
2005
Journal: European Respiratory Journal 26(2), pp. 319-338
Number of citations: 10,374
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: Aarhus University

6.

Article title and link: Statistical analysis of cointegration vectors
Author/s: Johansen, S.
Date: 1988
Journal: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 12(2-3), pp. 231-254
Number of citations: 8,909
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: University of Copenhagen

7.

Article title and link: Predicting transmembrane protein topology with a hidden Markov model: Application to complete genomes
Author/s: Krogh, A.,  Larsson, B., Von Heijne, G., Sonnhammer, E.L.L.
Date: 2001
Journal: Journal of Molecular Biology 305(3), pp. 567-580
Number of citations: 8,289
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: DTU

8.

Article title and link: Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC
Author/s: A total of 2,932 co-authors, including dozens of Danish-affiliated scientists
Date: 2012
Journal: Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics 716(1), pp. 1-29
Number of citations: 6,978
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: Multiple Danish universities

9.

Article title and link: Maximum likelihood estimation and inference on cointegration — with applications to the demand for money
Author/s: Johansen, S., Juselius, K.
Date: 1990
Journal: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 52(2), pp. 169-210
Number of citations: 6,865
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: University of Copenhagen:

10.

Article title and link: A global reference for human genetic variation
Author/s: Multiple authors
Date: 2015
Journal: Nature 526(7571), pp. 68-74
Number of citations: 6,738
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: UCPH/DTU

Top publications — 11-15

11.

Article title and link: SignalP 4.0: Discriminating signal peptides from transmembrane regions
Author/s: Petersen, T.N., Brunak, S., Von Heijne, G., Nielsen, H.
Date: 2011
Journal: Nature Methods 8(10), pp. 785-786
Number of citations: 6,713
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: UCPH/DTU

12.

Article title and link: Review of particle physics
Author/s: Multiple authors
Date: 2014
Journal: Chinese Physics C 38(9),090001
Number of citations: 6,661
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: UCPH

13.

Article title and link: A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing
Author/s: Multiple authors, including Danish affiliated co-authors Burgdorf K.S., Brunak S., Linneberg A., Kristiansen K., Pedersen O.
Date: 2010
Journal: Nature 464(7285), pp. 59-65
Number of citations: 6,354
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: Univ of Copenhagen/DTU/Aarhus

14.

Article title and link: Deciphering the biology of mycobacterium tuberculosis from the complete genome sequence
Author/s: Multiple authors
Date: 1998
Journal: Nature 393(6685), pp. 537-544
Number of citations: 6,314
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: DTU – Technical University of Denmark

15.

Article title and link: Linear methods in band theory
Author/s: Andersen, O.K.
Date: 1975
Journal: Physical Review B 12(8), pp. 3060-3083
Number of citations: 5,957
Affiliation of author/co-author at time of publication: DTU- Technical University of Denmark

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