Defining and identifying Sleeping Beauties in science

  title={Defining and identifying Sleeping Beauties in science},
  author={Qing Ke and Emilio Ferrara and Filippo Radicchi and Alessandro Flammini},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={112 24},
A Sleeping Beauty (SB) in science refers to a paper whose importance is not recognized for several years after publication. Its citation history exhibits a long hibernation period followed by a sudden spike of popularity. Previous studies suggest a relative scarcity of SBs. The reliability of this conclusion is, however, heavily dependent on identification methods based on arbitrary threshold parameters for sleeping time and number of citations, applied to small or monodisciplinary… CONTINUE READING
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