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Summer 5-8-2021

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The purpose of this study is to assess the citizen science publications in journals indexed in the Web of Science database from 1993 to 2020.Major areas of research related to CS are environmental science, ecology, biodiversity & conservation, education & educational research, public environmental & occupational science and computer science. The USA, England, Australia, Canada and Germany were the most productive countries. This study describes some silent characteristics trends of CS research like most prolific authors, institutions and countries. 82% of publications on CS received the citation while 18% of publications did not receive any citation. Although 47% of publications were open access and 53% publications were close access platform. However, Journal on Biological Conservation, Peerj, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Journal of Applied Ecology are the leading journals in this field.