Following are lists of notable papers from the AAPG Bulletin. A notable paper may mean different things to different people, such as a new scientific breakthrough in a particular discipline, a new technology, an evaluation of a major petroleum province, first reporting of the geology of a new discovery, or a paper’s level of download activity or citation level. Citation levels for peer-reviewed scientific papers are a measure of how many times a paper is referenced in another publication. A number of organizations provide such compilations. Our notable papers list is based in part on a review of citation counts three years after publication of the paper. The Bulletin Editorial Board compiled this list based on a review of many sources. Future notable AAPG Bulletin papers lists will be posted in the first quarter of the year. For more information on citation indices, refer to Thomson Reuters' Web of Science or Wikipedia.

Notable Papers 2011

The list below represents 10 papers, in alphabetical order by the first author’s last name, that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Dynamic spatial and temporal prediction of changes in depositional processes on clastic shorelines: Toward improved subsurface uncertainty reduction and management

V. 95 Issue: 2 Pages 267-297 DOI:10.1306/06301010036

Mudstone diversity: Origin and implications for source, seal, and reservoir properties in petroleum systems

V. 95 Issue 12 Pages 2031-2059 DOI: 10.1306/03281110162

Geologic analysis of the Upper Jurassic Haynesville Shale in east Texas and west Louisiana

V. 95 Issue 10 Pages 1643-1666 DOI: 10.1306/02141110128

Seismic geomorphology and sedimentology of a tidally influenced river deposit, Lower Cretaceous Athabasca oil sands, Alberta, Canada

V. 95 Issue 7 Pages 1123-1145 DOI: 10.1306/12131010111

Thickness trends and sequence stratigraphy of the Middle Devonian Marcellus Formation, Appalachian Basin: Implications for Acadian foreland basin evolution

V. 95 Issue 1 Pages 61-103 DOI: 10.1306/06301009150

Simulation and characterization of pathway heterogeneity of secondary hydrocarbon migration

V. 95 Issue 6 Pages 881-898 DOI: 10.1306/11191010027

Primary basins and their boundaries in the deep-water northern Gulf of Mexico: Origin, trap types, and petroleum system implications

V. 95 Issue 2 Pages 219-240 DOI: 10.1306/06301010004

Pore types in the Barnett and Woodford gas shales: Contribution to understanding gas storage and migration pathways in fine-grained rocks

V. 95 Issue 12 Pages 2017-2030 DOI: 10.1306/03301110145

Fault growth and linkage: Implications for tectonosedimentary evolution in the Chezhen Basin of Bohai Bay, eastern China

V. 95 Issue 1 Pages 1-26 DOI: 10.1306/06301009207

Gas isotope reversals in fractured gas reservoirs of the western Canadian Foothills: Mature shale gases in disguise

V. 95 Issue 8 Pages 1399-1422 DOI: 10.1306/01031110103

Notable Papers 2010

The list below represents 10 papers, in alphabetical order by the first author's last name, that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Prediction of deep reservoir quality using early diagenetic process models in the Jurassic Norphlet Formation, Gulf of Mexico

v. 94 Issue: 8 Special Issue: SI Pages: 1189-1227 DOI: 10.1306/04211009152

Delineating and quantifying depositional facies patterns in carbonate reservoirs: Insight from modern analogs

v. 94 Issue: 1 Pages: 61-86 DOI: 10.1306/07060909014

A model for fibrous illite nucleation and growth in sandstones

v. 94 Issue: 8 Special Issue: SI Pages: 1161-1187 DOI: 10.1306/04211009121

The response of turbidite slope channels to growth-induced seabed topography

v. 94 Issue: 7 Pages: 1011-1030 DOI: 10.1306/01051009117

Migration of Cenozoic deformation in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia interpreted from fission track results and structural relationships: Implications for petroleum systems

v. 94 Issue: 10 Pages: 1543-1580 DOI: 10.1306/01051009111

The impact of diagenesis on the heterogeneity of sandstone reservoirs: A review of the role of depositional facies and sequence stratigraphy

v. 94 Issue: 8 Special Issue: SI Pages: 1267-1309 DOI: 10.1306/04211009178

Delta-front hyperpycnal bed geometry and implications for reservoir modeling: Cretaceous Panther Tongue delta, Book Cliffs, Utah

v. 94 Issue: 6 Pages: 819-845 DOI: 10.1306/11020909072

Geochemical characterization of gases from the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas

v. 94 Issue: 11 Pages: 1641-1656 DOI: 10.1306/04061009119

Geochemical constraints on the origin and volume of gas in the New Albany Shale (Devonian-Mississippian), eastern Illinois Basin

v. 94 Issue: 11 Pages: 1713-1740 DOI: 10.1306/06301009197

Sandstone diagenesis and reservoir quality prediction: Models, myths, and reality

v. 94 Issue: 8 Special Issue: SI Pages: 1093-1132 DOI: 10.1306/04211009123

Notable Papers 2009

The list below represents 10 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis

v. 93 Issue: 11 Pages: 1535-1549 DOI: 10.1306/08110909100

Charging of the Neogene Penglai 19-3 field, Bohai Bay Basin, China: Oil accumulation in a young trap in an active fault zone

v. 93 Issue: 2 Pages: 155-179 DOI: 10.1306/09080808092

Pore-throat sizes in sandstones, tight sandstones, and shales

v. 93 Issue: 3 Pages: 329-340 DOI: 10.1306/10240808059

Mechanical and fracture stratigraphy

v. 93 Issue: 11 Pages: 1413-1426 DOI: 10.1306/07270909094

Structural and diagenetic control of fluid migration and cementation along the Moab fault, Utah

v. 93 Issue: 5 Pages: 653-681 DOI: 10.1306/02180908080

Three-dimensional seismic geomorphology of a deep-water slope-channel system: The Sequoia field, offshore west Nile Delta, Egypt

v. 93 Issue: 8 Pages: 1063-1086 DOI: 10.1306/05040908101

Porosity-preserving chlorite cements in shallow-marine volcaniclastic sandstones: Evidence from Cretaceous sandstones of the Sawan gas field, Pakistan

v. 93 Issue: 5 Pages: 595-615 DOI: 10.1306/01300908096

Geochemistry, origin, and deep-water exploration potential of natural gases in the Pearl River Mouth and Qiongdongnan basins, South China Sea

v. 93 Issue: 6 Pages: 741-761 DOI: 10.1306/02170908099

Mechanisms for oil depletion and enrichment on the Shijiutuo uplift, Bohai Bay Basin, China

v. 93 Issue: 8 Pages: 1015-1037 DOI: 10.1306/04140908156

Sequence stratigraphy of experimental strata under known conditions of differential subsidence and variable base level

v. 93 Issue: 4 Pages: 503-533 DOI: 10.1306/12110808057

Notable Papers 2008

The list below represents 10 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Evidence for multiple stages of oil cracking and thermochemical sulfate reduction in the Puguang gas field, Sichuan Basin, China

v. 92 Issue: 5 Pages: 611-637 DOI: 10.1306/01210807090

Characterizing the shale gas resource potential of Devonian-Mississippian strata in the Western Canada sedimentary basin: Application of an integrated formation evaluation

v. 92 Issue: 1 Pages: 87-125 DOI: 10.1306/09040707048

Toward more accurate quartz cement models: The importance of euhedral versus noneuhedral growth rates

v. 92 Issue: 11 Pages: 1537-1563 DOI: 10.1306/07160808037

New insights into the volume and pressure changes during the thermal cracking of oil to gas in reservoirs: Implications for the in-situ accumulation of gas cracked from oils

v. 92 Issue: 2 Pages: 181-200 DOI: 10.1306/09210706140

Fault zone deformation controlled by carbonate mechanical stratigraphy, Balcones fault system, Texas

v. 92 Issue: 3 Pages: 359-380 DOI: 10.1306/10290707066

Multiscale stratigraphic analysis of a structurally confined submarine fan: Carboniferous Ross Sandstone, Ireland

v. 92 Issue: 5 Pages: 557-587 DOI: 10.1306/01110807042

A megascale view of reservoir quality in producing sandstones from the offshore Gulf of Mexico

v.: 92 Issue: 2 Pages: 145-164 DOI: 10.1306/09280707062

Terminology for structural discontinuities

v.92 Issue: 7 Pages: 853-867 DOI: 10.1306/02200807065

Uranium depletion across the Pennian-Triassic boundary in Middle East carbonates: Signature of oceanic anoxia

v. 92 Issue: 6 Pages: 691-707 DOI: 10.1306/02140807095

Evolution of the Cretaceous Astrid thrust belt in the ultradeep-water Lower Congo Basin, Gabon

v. 92 Issue: 4 Pages: 487-511 DOI: 10.1306/12030707074

Notable Papers 2007

The list below represents 10 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Unconventional shale-gas systems: The Mississippian Barnett Shale of north-central Texas as one model for thermogenic shale-gas assessment

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 475-499 DOI: 10.1306/12190606068

Barnett Shale gas production, Fort Worth Basin: Issues and discussion

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 523-533 DOI: 10.1306/06190606018

Seal bypass systems

v. 91 Issue: 8 Pages: 1141-1166 DOI: 10.1306/04090705181

The Puguang gas field: New giant discovery in the mature Sichuan Basin, southwest China

v. 91 Issue: 5 Pages: 627-643 DOI: 10.1306/11030606062

Mississippian Barnett Shale: Lithofacies and depositional setting of a deep-water shale-gas succession in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 579-601 DOI: 10.1306/11020606059

Geologic framework of the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Barnett-Paleozoic total petroleum system, bend arch-Fort Worth Basin, Texas

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 405-436 DOI: 10.1306/10300606008

Processes controlling porosity and permeability in volcanic reservoirs from the Austral and Neuquen basins, Argentina

v. 91 Issue: 1 Pages: 115-129 DOI: 10.1306/08290605173

Seismic geomorphology, lithology, and evolution of the late Pleistocene Mars-Ursa turbidite region, Mississippi Canyon area, northern Gulf of Mexico

v. 91 Issue: 2 Pages: 215-234 DOI: 10.1306/08290605190

Natural fractures in the Barnett Shale and their importance for hydraulic fracture treatments

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 603-622 DOI: 10.1306/11010606061

Oil and gas geochemistry and petroleum systems of the Fort Worth Basin

v. 91 Issue: 4 Pages: 445-473 DOI: 10.1306/11030606014

Notable Papers 2006

The list below represents 10 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Structurally controlled hydrothermal dolomite reservoir facies: An overview

v. 90 Issue: 11 Pages: 1641-1690 DOI: 10.1306/05220605164

A scale-independent approach to fracture intensity and average spacing measurement

v. 90 Issue: 2 Pages: 193-208 DOI: 10.1306/08250505059

Mass-transport complexes and associated processes in the offshore area of Trinidad and Venezuela

v. 90 Issue: 7 Pages: 1059-1088 DOI: 10.1306/02210605052

The controls on the composition of biodegraded oils in the deep subsurface: Part II - Geological controls on subsurface biodegradation fluxes and constraints on reservoir-fluid property prediction

v. 90 Issue: 6 Pages: 921-938 DOI: 10.1306/01270605130

Advance of allochthonous salt sheets in passive margins and orogens

v. 90 Issue: 10 Pages: 1535-1564 DOI: 10.1306/05080605143

Burial dolomitization and dissolution of Upper Jurassic Abenaki platform carbonates, Deep Panuke reservoir, Nova Scotia, Canada

v. 90 Issue: 11 Pages: 1843-1861 DOI: 10.1306/03200605074

Origin and reservoir characteristics of Upper Ordovician Trenton-Black River hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs in New York

v. 90 Issue: 11 Pages: 1691-1718 DOI: 10.1306/04260605078

Structure and emplacement of mud volcano systems in the South Caspian Basin

v. 90 Issue: 5 Pages: 771-786 DOI: 10.1306/11220505045

Regional geologic and tectonic setting of the Maracaibo supergiant basin, western Venezuela

v. 90 Issue: 4 Pages: 445-477 DOI: 10.1306/10110505031

Chronologic modeling of faulted and fractured reservoirs using geomechanically based restoration: Technique and industry applications

v. 90 Issue: 8 Pages: 1201-1226 DOI: 10.1306/02240605116

Notable Papers 2005

The list below represents 10 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation based on a minimum of three years of citation reports.

Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth basin, north-central texas: Gas-shale play with multi-trillion cubic foot potential

v. 89 Issue: 2 Pages: 155-175 DOI: 10.1306/09170404042

Structural styles in the deep-water fold and thrust belts of the Niger Delta

v. 89 Issue: 6 Pages: 753-780 DOI: 10.1306/02170504074

Volumetric strain associated with methane desorption and its impact on coalbed gas production from deep coal seams

v. 89 Issue: 9 Pages: 1181-1202 DOI: 10.1306/05110504114

Transient fan architecture and depositional controls from near-surface 3-D seismic date, Niger Delta continental slope

v. 89 Issue: 5 Pages: 627-643 DOI: 10.1306/11200404025

Deep-water Niger Delta fold and thrust belt modeled as a critical-taper wedge: The influence of elevated basal fluid pressure on structural styles

v. 89 Issue: 11 Pages: 1475-1491 DOI: 10.1306/06130505002

Sandstone vs. carbonate petroleum reservoirs: A global perspective on porosity-depth and porosity-permeability relationships

v. 89 Issue: 4 Pages: 435-445 DOI: 10.1306/11230404071

Salt tectonics driven by sediment progradation: Part I - Mechanics and kinematics

v. 89 Issue: 8 Pages: 1071-1079 DOI: 10.1306/03310503063

Gulf of Mexico tectonic history: Hotspot tracks, crustal boundaries, and early salt distribution

v. 89 Issue: 3 Pages: 311-328 DOI: 10.1306/10280404026

Tectonic and stratigraphic controls of hydrocarbon systems in the Ordos basin: A multicycle cratonic basin in central China

v. 89 Issue: 2 Pages: 255-269 DOI: 10.1306/10070404027

Cenozoic tectonics of New Guinea

v. 89 Issue: 1 Pages: 119-140 DOI: 10.1306/08300403073

Notable Papers 1990s

The list below represents 20 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation.

Anoxia Vs Productivity - What Controls The Formation Of Organic-Carbon-Rich Sediments And Sedimentary-Rocks

v. 74 Issue: 4 Pages: 454-466 Published: Apr 1990

Evaluation Of A Simple-Model Of Vitrinite Reflectance Based On Chemical-Kinetics

v. 74 Issue: 10 Pages: 1559-1570 Published: Oct 1990

Forced Regressions In A Sequence Stratigraphic Framework - Concepts, Examples, And Exploration Significance

v. 76 Issue: 11 Pages: 1687-1709 Published: Nov 1992

Perspectives On The Sequence Stratigraphy Of Continental Strata

v. 78 Issue: 4 Pages: 544-568 Published: Apr 1994

Effect Of Faulting On Fluid-Flow In Porous Sandstones - Petrophysical Properties

v. 78 Issue: 3 Pages: 355-377 Published: Mar 1994

Transfer Zones In The East-African Rift System And Their Relevance To Hydrocarbon Exploration In Rifts

v. 74 Issue: 8 Pages: 1234-1253 Published: Aug 1990

Generation And Migration Of Petroleum From Abnormally Pressured Fluid Compartments

v. 74 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-12 Published: Jan 1990

Basin Evaluation By Integrated 2-Dimensional Modeling Of Heat-Transfer, Fluid-Flow, Hydrocarbon Generation, And Migration

v. 74 Issue: 3 Pages: 309-335 Published: Mar 1990

Turbidite Systems In Deep-Water Basin Margins Classified By Grain-Size And Feeder System

v. 78 Issue: 5 Pages: 792-822 Published: May 1994

Multicyclic History Of The Northern India Continental-Margin (Northwestern Himalaya)

v. 75 Issue: 9 Pages: 1427-1446 Published: Sep 1991

Mechanisms For Generating Overpressure In Sedimentary Basins: A Reevaluation

v. 81 Issue: 6 Pages: 1023-1041 Published: Jun 1997

Fault-Propagation Folds - Geometry, Kinematic Evolution, And Hydrocarbon Traps

v. 74 Issue: 6 Pages: 921-945 Published: Jun 1990

Geometry And Development Of Relay Ramps In Normal-Fault Systems

v. 78 Issue: 2 Pages: 147-165 Published: Feb 1994

Interpreting Rock-Eval Pyrolysis Data Using Graphs Of Pyrolizable Hydrocarbons Vs Total Organic-Carbon

v. 74 Issue: 6 Pages: 799-804 Published: Jun 1990

Eustatic Curve For The Middle Jurassic-Cretaceous Based On Russian Platform And Siberian Stratigraphy: Zonal Resolution

v. 80 Issue: 9 Pages: 1433-1458 Published: Sep 1996

Glacial Eustasy During The Cenozoic: Sequence Stratigraphic Implications

v. 82 Issue: 7 Pages: 1385-1400 Published: Jul 1998

Classification, Lithologic Calibration, And Stratigraphic Succession Of Seismic Facies Of Intraslope Basins, Deep-Water Gulf Of Mexico

v. 82 Issue: 5 Pages: 701-728 Part: Part A Published: May 1998

Experimental-Models Of Extensional Forced Folds

v. 74 Issue: 7 Pages: 1038-1054 Published: Jul 1990

Rock-Fabric Petrophysical Classification Of Carbonate Pore-Space For Reservoir Characterization

v. 79 Issue: 9 Pages: 1275-1300 Published: Sep 1995

Effective Petroleum Source Rocks Of The World - Stratigraphic Distribution And Controlling Depositional Factors

v. 75 Issue: 12 Pages: 1809-1851 Published: Dec 1991

Notable Papers 1980s

The list below represents 20 papers that have been judged notable contributions by the Bulletin Editorial Board based in part on high levels of citation.

Thrust Systems

v. 66 Issue: 9 Pages: 1196-1230 Published: Sep 1982

Anoxic Environments And Oil Source Bed Genesis

v. 64 Issue: 8 Pages: 1179-1209 Published: Aug 1980

Time And Temperature In Petroleum Formation: Application Of Lopatins Method To Petroleum-Exploration

v. 64 Issue: 6 Pages: 916-926 Published: Jun 1980

Guidelines For Evaluating Petroleum Source Rock Using Programmed Pyrolysis

v. 70 Issue: 3 Pages: 318-329 Published: Mar 1986

Carbon Isotope Fluctuations In Cretaceous Pelagic Limestones: Potential Stratigraphic And Petroleum Exploration Tool

v. 64 Issue: 1 Pages: 67-87 Published: Jan 1980

Genetic Stratigraphic Sequences In Basin Analysis 1: Architecture And Genesis Of Flooding-Surface Bounded Depositional Units

v. 73 Issue: 2 Pages: 125-142 Published: Feb 1989

Thrust Loads And Foreland Basin Evolution, Cretaceous, Western United States

v. 65 Issue: 12 Pages: 2506-2520 Published: Dec 1981

Relationship Between Petroleum Composition And Depositional Environment Of Petroleum Source Rocks

v. 69 Issue: 8 Pages: 1255-1268 Published: Aug 1985

Genetic-Characterization Of Natural Gases

v. 67 Issue: 12 Pages: 2225-2238 Published: Dec 1983

Carbonate Diagenetic Textures From Nearsurface Diagenetic Environments

v. 64 Issue: 4 Pages: 461-487 Published: Apr 1980

Carbonate Platform Facies Models

v. 69 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-21 Published: Jan 1985

Seismic Characteristics And Identification Of Negative Flower Structures, Positive Flower Structures, And Positive Structural Inversion

v. 69 Issue: 4 Pages: 582-600 Published: Apr 1985

Thermal History Of Sedimentary Basins, Maturation Indexes, And Kinetics Of Oil And Gas Generation

v. 71 Issue: 12 Pages: 1445-1466 Published: Dec 1987

Middle-East - Stratigraphic Evolution And Oil Habitat

v. 64 Issue: 5 Pages: 597-618 Published: May 1980

Subsidence And Sedimentation On Jurassic Passive Continental-Margin, Southern Alps, Italy

v. 65 Issue: 3 Pages: 394-421 Published: Mar 1981

Generation, Accumulation, And Resource Potential Of Biogenic Gas

v. 65 Issue: 1 Pages: 5-25 Published: Jan 1981

Compaction Curves

v. 69 Issue: 4 Pages: 622-626 Published: Apr 1985

A Model For Development Of Red-Sea

v. 67 Issue: 1 Pages: 41-69 Published: Jan 1983

Continental Margin Subsidence And Heat-Flow: Important Parameters In Formation Of Petroleum Hydrocarbons

v. 64 Issue: 2 Pages: 173-187 Published: Feb 1980

Storm-Dominated And Tide-Dominated Shorelines In Cretaceous Moosebar-Lower Gates Interval - Outcrop Equivalents Of Deep Basin Gas Trap In Western Canada

v. 66 Issue: 2 Pages: 138-157 Published: Feb 1982