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This is a bot-generated list of magazines cited on Wikipedia using the |magazine= parameter of {{ Citation}} and {{ Cite xxx}} templates. The list is organized both alphabetically and by popularity, and is additionally broken down into groups of 250. Due to a lack of advanced filtering, the lists will include several academic journals, websites, and other things that aren't magazines.

This list is useful for discovering magazines of interest for WikiProject members. However, the lack of filtering, variant uses and abuses of citation templates by editors, and bot-generated citations can result in entries on this list that are not notable, are not reliable or may not exist in real life. Thus the presence of a source on this list should not be considered an endorsement of the source by this WikiProject. Caution is advised.

Reading the data

  • Title (bold link) : page existed at time of database dump
  • Title (bold underlined link) : page existed, as a disambiguation page, at time of database dump
  • Title (italicized link) : page existed, as a redirect, at time of database dump
  • Title (italicized underlined link) : page existed, as a redirect to a disambiguation page, at time of database dump
  • Title (regular blue link) page did not exist at time of database dump
  • Title (non-link) : title contains invalid characters for a Wikipedia page title

A red link mean the article currently does not exist. This is either because the corresponding article has been deleted (in this case it will have some formatting), or did not exist at the time of the dump (regular red link).

Interpreting the data

All numbers should be taken with a huge grain of salt for several reasons:

  • A large number of citations does not necessarily imply notability; sometimes a magazine will have been cited to support a single fact on many similar pages, or perhaps even by a bot auto-generating content. Conversely, a low number of citations does not imply non-notability.
  • Likewise, a large number of citation does not necessarily imply reliability; sometimes a magazine will have been cited because they were involved in controversies. Conversely, a low number of citation does not imply non-reliability.
  • Citations not based on templates, such as "<ref>J. Smith (2010), ''Foobar Magazine'' '''13'''(7):28–31</ref>" are completely ignored by the compilation.
  • It is quite common for a citation to be copied from one page & pasted into another - this may make any given typo or formatting error seem more common than it really is.
  • The same article may be cited multiple times on the same page, using a different template each time. This may make a magazine/abbreviation seem popular when in fact it is only used on a few unique pages
  • Many editors misuse the citation templates, creating all kinds of weird things that would never actually be searched for.
  • The list, like Wikipedia's linking system, is case sensitive. However, Wikipedia's search function is not case sensitive so unusual capitalizations don't really need redirects.
  • Entries like " Time" and " Time Magazine", are counted separately, even though they refer to the same magazine.

Thus, most current red links should probably stay that way. A huge sea of red does not reflect a failure of this WikiProject, but rather poor template usage by thousands of editors across Wikipedia.

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