We have not yet reached 'peak CEGMA': record number of citations in 2016

Over the last few weeks, I've been closely watching the number of citations to our original 2007 CEGMA paper. Despite making it very clear on the CEGMA webpage that is has been 'discontinued' and despite leaving a comment in PubMed Commons that people should consider alternative tools, citations continue to rise.

This week we passed a milestone with the paper getting more citations in 2016 than in 2015. As the paper's Google Scholar page clearly shows, the citations have increased year-on-year ever since it was published:

While it is somewhat flattering to see research that I was involved so highly cited — I can't imagine that many papers show this pattern of citation growth over such a long period — I really hope that 2016 marks 'peak CEGMA'.

CEGMA development started in 2005, a year that pre-dates technologies such as Solexa sequencing! People should really stop using this tool and try using something like BUSCO instead.