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January 1989

Trends of the Ophthalmic Literature From 1955 to 1985

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(1):35-40. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070010037023

One method to characterize a discipline is to study and analyze its literature, especially in refereed and well-established journals, over a significant period. The purpose of this study is to present and characterize articles in six refereed journals in ophthalmic literature from the years 1955 to 1985. The articles are classified as "basic science" or "clinical science" or "clinically descriptive," and most of them originated from authors and institutions in the United States.

In addition, the type of support cited for these published studies is characterized and analyzed. Although there is vast information on the types of grants and the amounts of support from such organizations as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various private foundations, there are few data on the product of the grants, such as the published literature. Therefore, this study also identifies trends of cited grant support in the ophthalmic literature.


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