We have not yet reached peak CEGMA

I was alerted to some disturbing news this weekend: CEGMA won't die!

CEGMA is a tool that I helped develop back in 2005. The first formal publication that describes CEGMA came out in 2007, and since then it has seen year-on-year growth in the number of citations to this paper.

I keep on thinking that this trend must end soon, and I was therefore hopeful that 2014 might have been the year of peak CEGMA. There were three reasons why I thought this might happen:

  1. CEGMA is no longer being developed or supported
  2. I have used the PubMed page for the CEGMA paper to advocate that people should no longer use this tool
  3. CEGMA is heavily reliant on an — increasingly out-of-date — database of orthologs that was published in 2003

However, despite my best wishes, Google Scholar has revealed to me that 2015 has now seen more citations to the CEGMA paper than in any previous year:

CEGMA citation details from Google Scholar

I'm hopeful that the development of the BUSCO software by Felipe Simão et al. will mean that 2015 will definitely be the year of peak CEGMA!