Are 90% of academic papers really never cited?

Recently, I found a blog post on Twitter discussing if really 90% of academic papers are never cited.

It seems that correct figures are hard to get and that citation rates depends largely on discipline. Reading the blog post you can learn that the statement: "90% of all scientific papers are never cited" is exaggerated (somehow very relieving), however a large proportion of papers are indeed never cited or even read!

So, it was really a pleasure (reassuring and motivating) to see that scientists are actually interested in our research.

Jane E. Freedman (who I do not know personally) comment on our paper published in Nature in November 2013.

The short manuscript, which has been published online yesterday, is freely available at the website from Circulation Research:

Happy reading!