We find papers to read by following citation trails. If you have an eigenfactor of 1.5, it means 1.5% of the time, a researcher following citation trails is actually trying to get an article from your journal. . . How do you make the right connections, right? How do you make the critical connections to move thought forward? If you can solve a problem like that, or even just make a little contribution to it, it really accelerates science in a wonderful way. And so by using the structure of citation networks from paper to paper, you can do things like you can find the key papers in a discipline, you can find the papers that have suddenly become very hot, you can find the papers that were foundational in bringing together two different ideas.
Via Virginia Hughes.