100 Disruptive Publications in Breast Cancer Research

Document Type : Methodological papers


1 Department of Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 60654, USA.

2 Department of Hematology and Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.


Background: Breast cancer has a rich history of research over the past 75 years. Many studies have had disruptive influences on the field itself. Our study employs a new, validated measurement to determine the most disruptive publications within the field of breast cancer. Materials and Methods: PubMed® database was queried for articles between 1954-2014 related to breast cancer with in 21 different journals deemed important to the field. Articles were then scored for disruption and citation count. The top 100 most disruptive and cited publications were compiled and analyzed. Results: Disruption score was a distinct measurement from citation count and had low level of correlation. Disruptive publications tended to skew older with the median year of publication in 1977. The score identified a variety of study designs and publication types within multiple journals. Conclusions: Measurement of the disruptive quality of a publication is a new way to describe academic impact of a publication and is distinct from citation count. Used in conjunction with citation count in may give a more descriptive bibliometric assessment of the literature. Further exploration within the field of oncology is warranted.


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