• The number of articles in the three most widely circulated otolaryngology journals in 1969: 484.
• The number of articles in the three most widely circulated otolaryngology journals in 1989: 735.
• The number of articles in all otolaryngology journals for 1990 and 1991: Many, many more than in the years before.
In his comprehensive review of general otolaryngology journals,1 Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, provided a valuable perspective on the large quantity and variable quality of reports of clinical research conducted within our specialty. And, since this report, the otolaryngologic literature has continued to expand. Publication within our specialty has remained unaffected by the 1990s recession—on the contrary, it represents a rapid growth industry.
As Dr Rosenfeld noted, journal articles serve several potential functions. Through publications we share experiences, both clinical and research. Some of the conclusions reported in our journals are valid, having been based on strong
JOHNS ME, NIPARKO JK. Structured Abstracts Come to the Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(9):905. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880090021008
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