Title

The Changing face of BECT: A citation analysis covering 1966-2009

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2015

Publication Title

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

Volume

94

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

5

DOI

10.1007/s00128-014-1438-8

Keywords

Journal history, Citation rate, Publication rate

Abstract

A citation analysis was completed on articles published in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology over the period of 1966–2009. Articles were grouped into 5 year intervals and the top 50 most-cited papers in each year interval were categorized according to research theme. Over the journal’s history, articles in the toxicity research theme dominated top-cited articles published by the journal followed by articles in the environmental concentration theme and the mechanistic theme. The geographic area of submission of top-cited articles has shown large changes with time, initially being dominated by papers from North American and now dominated by papers from Asia. An examination of the citation history for the highest cited paper in each year interval indicated that the average time to achieve 90 % of total citations is 25 years.