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When compared with other scientific disciplines – from astronomy to zoology – the DNA barcoding community is collecting, analyzing, and publishing data at an impressive pace. Using the related domain of genomics and a mega-science project the Hubble Space Telescope as points of reference, we demonstrate the growing scientific achievements of DNA barcoding researchers.

Cumulative Publications over time

2003-2018

More than 12,000 studies using DNA barcoding have been published since the concept was introduced in 2003. From 31 studies in 2004 to nearly 1,700 studies in 2017, there has been a sustained growth in the number of publications each year.

Year

2018

2016

2014

2012

2010

2008

2006

2004

Publications

  • 12,127 100% 100%
  • 9,255 76% 76%
  • 5,900 49% 49%
  • 3,626 30% 30%
  • 1,866 15% 15%
  • 816 7% 7%
  • 287 2% 2%
  • 58 0% 0%
The growth in publications over time is occurring at a higher pace when compared to genomics, an older and much larger field.
DNA barcoding relies on single or very few genes, while genomics involves entire genomes. More recently, these clear boundaries have been somewhat blurred, as both use similar technology and terminology.

We see DNA barcoding as a promising research domain for facilitating participation in genetic research.

DNA barcoding has rapidly become the largest research collaboration in biodiversity science. The iBOL community is fast encroaching on the number of scientific papers astronomers using Hubble data have published.

DNA Barcoding

Barcode Publications

Barcode Citations

Years

Hubble Space Telescope

Publications

Citations

Years

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