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Here is what I want to do:

  1. Given a paper, find the set of all papers referenced by it
  2. Sort this set of papers by some "importance metric," for example, the citation count.

I find some ad-hoc tools (for example, research gate) to do #1 and there are a few databases (Web of Science, Scopus) to do #2, but the two steps are disconnected and there seems no easy way to bridge them automatically. I have been doing this manually, but it is very tedious.

Are there any efficient ways to do this?

Thanks

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Microsoft Academic provides an option to sort references of a paper by citation count. I am not aware how complete or accurate it is, but you could try it out. They also seem to provide an API for automated access.

Screenshot of an example for reference: enter image description here

Note: I am not affiliated with this service.

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    That is exactly what I am looking for. It is saving me so much time. Thanks so much. – Tom Bennett Dec 11 '20 at 3:34
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    I tested it on a few papers and it works really well. – Tom Bennett Dec 11 '20 at 3:52

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