Article 50 million: an estimate of the number of scholarly articles in existence

@article{Jinha2010Article5M,
  title={Article 50 million: an estimate of the number of scholarly articles in existence},
  author={Arif E. Jinha},
  journal={Learned Publishing},
  year={2010},
  volume={23}
}
How many scholarly research articles are there in existence? Journal articles first appeared in 1665, and the cumulative total is estimated here to have passed 50 million in 2009. This sum was arrived at based on published figures for global annual output for 2006, and analyses of annual output and growth rates published in the last decade. 

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