Reviewers for Geology, most often experts in their field, are asked if the submitted manuscript is “novel, provocative, and of broad interest.” The Science Editors (also full-time academics) try to balance the reviewers’ various views on these criteria to publish manuscripts that have the potential to become highly influential papers. The question is: How successful are we, as a scientific community, at recognizing these manuscripts during the review process? This article addresses this question by presenting mean annual citation rates for the 3208 papers published in Geology between 2000 and 2010. The data come from Web of Knowledge (; all databases) and are averaged over the number of years since publication; i.e., 2010 citation totals are divided by 2, 2009 by 3, etc. The data were extracted by Science Editor P.A. Cowie in October 2012.