I wear a lot of hats — some might say too many and they would not be far off. But be that as it may, one of the hats I wear is the Editor of Current Cites. Current Cites is a monthly current awareness newsletter that we (the Cites team, a set of volunteer reviewers) have published every single month since August 1990.
Let’s put this into perspective for a moment. Current Cites had been published for nearly three years before I took a leave of absence for the birth of my twin daughters. Those girls are now 20 years old and in college.
So it occurred to me that it might be interesting to see which publications we here at Current Cites have leaned on the most for the best of the best in the library and information technology literature. Doing this was trivial, since for the last eleven years we have used a web-based input form I created that outputs an XML file for each citation. Those citations are then rendered by an XLST stylesheet into the HTML issue that is published on the web. Therefore, extracting the periodical sources of the articles was simple.
Here, then, are our top ten most cited sources (well, top 14 since we had some ties) over the past 11 years:
- First Monday
- D-Lib Magazine
- Library Journal
- Computers in Libraries
- Code4Lib Journal
- EDUCAUSE Review
- RLG DigiNews
- Communications of the ACM, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Hi Tech
- Library Technology Reports, Online, SPARC Open Access Newsletter
Unfortunately, RLG DigiNews is no longer published, so it will eventually drop off the list. And the Code4lib Journal, which began publishing in 2007, quickly joined the top ten.