Matt Cutts talks about Mark Buchanan’s new paper -citation ranking article. The article talks about ranking papers not merely by raw number illustrations but by substituting it with Page Rank-like algorithm. One example tells how one paper by John Slater which had a drastic change in its rank from 1,853 to the 10th place.
Buchanan’s article is not available on-line but a summary by physics student offers some information. This is interesting that Google sprang from academia and that it can make life a little easier for students. Also it offers the services of free hosting and bug tracking for open source project, summer of code, Anita Borg scholarships, free pizza for late night hacking ambassadors, free sitesearch and websearch. These services are offered to universities and non-profits. All together it seems that Google is on mission of making education a piece of cake for students. For more detailed elaboration of the services, see Matt's blog.Academia-Page Ranking,