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October 1998

Expanding the Global Horizon of the ARCHIVES: The 10th Anniversary of Publication of the Chinese-Language Edition

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(10):1362-1363. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.10.1362

MANY OF US who are used to reading a copy of the ARCHIVES every month may not sense the momentous occasion of the publication of each issue. In historical perspective, each issue of the ARCHIVES is a component of the long history of the human quest of fighting blindness. While copies of the ARCHIVES may be casually scattered on our desk, the publication of each issue is timeless. Wherever there are libraries, the ARCHIVES will be permanently kept as a document of our effort to promote eye care around the world. Confucius exclaimed over the scene of a rolling river, "The ever rushing passage of time continues unceasingly as days following nights." Yet certain special moments, such as when a child is born or a person dies, may only be a flash of time in the midst of thousands of years, but to that person, the moment is eternal. Such is the birth of the Chinese-language edition of the Archives of Ophthalmology 10 years ago. The Archives of Ophthalmology has been published since 1869, and generations of editors have expanded the horizons of the journal. In recent decades, editions in many of languages have been published to overcome language barriers; the Chinese-language edition of the Archives of Ophthalmology is one such edition. In 1988, in collaboration with the American Medical Association and the Chinese American Ophthalmological Society, Morton F. Goldberg, MD, then chief editor of the ARCHIVES, invited the Beijing Medical University to undertake this important endeavor. Dorothy Feng-ming Li, MD, of Beijing Medical University was appointed chief editor, with Professors Zhen Bang-he, Li Zi-liang, and Zhao Guang-xi as associate editors, and an editorial board of 25 academicians was established.1 Since then, 39 issues of this journal have been published, with more than 1520 articles translated into Chinese for publication. The journal was so well received that it has obtained Certificates of Citation 3 times from the Chinese government. The current circulation is about 4000, with subscribers from 38 provinces. The Chinese readers have enjoyed the rapid transmission of new ophthalmic information illustrated by beautiful color photographs, and the low cost of the journal, the publication of which is partially subsidized by the ophthalmic pharmaceutical industry. The Chinese ophthalmic community expresses deep appreciation for the many generations of great ARCHIVES editors and for their enthusiasm in the sharing of ophthalmic knowledge that has led us to this moment in time, the 10th anniversary of the Chinese-language edition of the Archives of Ophthalmology.