I could not find a way of sorting the list of relevant publications on Google Scholar on the number of citations. It would help a lot as I prefer to start reading well-cited references before moving onto less cited and more recent ones.

I am not looking to use a reference manager as I look for papers in diverse fields, many of which I do not go into depth.

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    Web of Science certainly does, if you have access.
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 21:04
  • I do not have access to that.
    – kosmos
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 21:05
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    Scopus is another example, if you have access.
    – Anyon
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 21:13
  • download the list then sort in a relevant program.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 21:23
  • Where do you get that list of publications from? Google Scholar certainly sorts papers published by individual researchers by citation.
    – user151413
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 21:38

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There are at least four freely available databases which have this function. In random order:

  1. Lens: In Lens, instead of the default Sort by Relevance choose Scholarly Citations (highest)
  2. Microsoft Academic: In Microsoft Academic, choose SORT BY MOST EST. CITATIONS
  3. Dimensions: In Dimensions, choose Sort by: Citations
  4. ScienceOpen: In ScienceOpen, select Sort by cited by count

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