To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Bulletin of Marine Science, we used a bibliometric approach to trace the history and present status of the journal. Our analysis included the 4303 papers and notes published from 1951 to 2010 and is based on data contained
in the Thompson Reuters Web of KnowledgeSM database, our in-house database, and miscellaneous online sources. The analysis revealed that through time, the publication has changed from a predominantly US-dominated journal to a more international outlet for science. Although current
trends still rank the US at the top of most metrics (number of contributions, most authors, top institutions, top cities for online use, etc.), the journal has a strong international presence, with subscriptions in 46 countries, authors hailing from most geographical regions, and increasing
numbers of emerging countries using our content and/or sending contributions to the journal.
The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.