When Hermann Knapp announced the establishment of the Archives in 1869,1 he declared that the new journal would reflect "the true international character of medical science." Knapp saw that scientific progress was dependent on open communication among members of the scientific community without regard for geographic borders or national identities. The relations of different peoples, growing from year to year freer and more intimate, correspondingly divest most branches of science of their national physiognomy, rendering them a boon common to all. What was prepared or detected in one country, is refined and developed in the other, and brought to practical and general application in the third.1 Knapp's powerful declaration is even more relevant in 1996 than it was more than a century earlier.
Knapp hoped that the Archives not only would further the cooperation among scientists but also would encourage scientific research in ophthalmology. The purpose of this
Albert DM. Worldwide OphthalmologyA Special Tribute to Our International Authors. Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(10):1248. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140448013