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As of the latest update to this page on 21 May 2018, the encyclopedia contains 17,460 entries totalling 5,552,153 words. There are 198,295 internal hyperlinks between entries, corresponding to cross-references in past book editions. (At this third edition's launch in October 2011, the figures were 12,230 entries, 3,222,920 words and 113,492 hyperlinks.) For comparison, the second print edition (1993) had 6571 entries totalling 1,311,108 words, with 41,712 internal cross-references; the slightly expanded CD-ROM (1995) had 6732 entries totalling 1,378,261 words, with 43,302 internal links. The first edition (1979), assembled without the help of word processors, ran to 3574 entries and an estimated 730,000 words; no one has been able to face counting the book's internal cross-references by hand.

The entry count for each edition includes many cross-reference entries which may have little or no actual content but refer readers to other entries where their subject is covered. A great many of these cross-reference items are author pseudonyms such as "French, Paul / Pseudonym of Isaac Asimov.", names of collaborators not given full entries but referenced in the entries for their co-authors, or variant titles of films and television series; see Editorial Practices for more. The entry count breaks down to 2865 full and 709 cross-reference entries in the first edition; an estimated 4360+ full and 2100 cross-reference entries in the second edition; 4530 full and 2202 cross-reference entries in the CD-ROM edition; and 12,441 full and 5019 cross-reference entries in the current state of this third edition.

Of the major contributors, John Clute continues to lead the pack with 6622 entries written solo and 1259 more in collaboration, many of the former (he wishes to emphasize) being short, and the latter generally being updates to already existing entries. The entry-count figures for other contributors of 20 or more solo entries (either at the time of this edition's launch in October 2011 or subsequently attained), with joint-credit counts added in parentheses, are:

  • David Langford 565 (1209)
  • Peter Nicholls 480 (992)
  • Geoffrey Stevens 444 (178)
  • Neal Tringham 348 (31)
  • Mike Ashley 228 (268)
  • Gary Westfahl 181 (69)
  • Jonathan Clements 180 (11)
  • Nick Lowe 172 (28)
  • Adam Roberts 149 (26)
  • John Grant 90 (38)
  • John Brosnan 60 (234)
  • Brian Stableford 46 (186)
  • Mathew Downward 49 (5)
  • Jack Nicholls 41 (22)
  • Abigail Nussbaum 40 (4)
  • Martin Lewis 32 (5)
  • Kim Newman 30 (23)
  • Steven Pearce 28 (0)
  • Esther MacCallum-Stewart 27 (2)
  • Malcolm Edwards 26 (150)
  • John Eggeling 25 (82)
  • John-Henri Holmberg 21 (4)

In terms of approximate word counts, the leading contributors are John Clute with over 2,516,000 words, David Langford with 590,000, Peter Nicholls with 452,000, Neal Tringham with 243,000, Brian Stableford with 176,000, Mike Ashley with 154,000, Geoffrey Stevens with 151,000, Jonathan Clements with 137,000, Gary Westfahl with 105,000, Nick Lowe with 74,000, Malcolm Edwards with 69,000, Mathew Downward with 52,000, John Brosnan with 42,000, Adam Roberts with 40,000, John Grant with 37,000, John Eggeling with 30,000, John-Henri Holmberg with 30,000, Abigail Nussbaum with 29,000 and Konrad Walewski with 21,000. All figures are rounded down to the nearest thousand, with a threshold for inclusion in the above list of 20,000 words either at the time of this edition's launch in October 2011 or subsequently attained. (Both solo entry counts and word counts can decrease when an entry is reworked by another contributor to a sufficient extent that credit must now be shared.)

In the preparation of the above "league tables" credit is given for each separately signed section within large omnium-gatherum entries like Batman Films and Tarzan Films, which seems only fair. Collaborative entry or entry section word counts are shared equally among contributors to that entry or entry section.

For the sake of sanity, this "Statistics" entry is not necessarily updated for every small change or correction to the encyclopedia's text. However, the report of the total number of images in the Picture Gallery archive is automatically updated on that page [see links below] whenever new material is added. [DRL]


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