Publication trends in clinical ophthalmology journals in the last decade

Ofira Zloto, Eric Souied, Peerooz Saeed, Guy Ben Simon, Juliana Gildener-Leapman, Vicktoria Vishnevskia-Dai, Nur Khatib, Jean Paul Dray

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Purpose: To examine the absolute number and the proportions of articles published in general high-ranked ophthalmology journals for each ophthalmic subspecialty during the last decade, and to examine the publishing trends over the study period. Methods: All original articles published between January 2010 and December 2019 in the selected general clinical ophthalmic journals were included in the study. All abstracts of original articles were reviewed and deemed to be related to 1 of the 11 ophthalmic subspecialties. Results: Six journals and 10,232 abstracts were reviewed. Articles focused on medical retina were the most common in the last decade (35.22%) while articles focused on strabismus were the least common (2.11%). The total number of articles published per year decreased during the last decade (p < 0.01). There was a significant reduction in the number of publications per year focused on anterior-chamber (p = 0.012), cataract and refractive-surgeries (p = 0.014), oculoplastic (p < 0.01), and strabismus (p = 0.011). In each year during the last decade, the highest proportion of publications was focused on medical retina while the lowest proportion of publications in most of the years was focused on strabismus. There was a significant decrease during the years in the proportion of articles focused on oculoplastic (p < 0.01). Conclusions: During the last decade, there have been differences in the proportion of publications of different ophthalmology subspecialties in high impact factor journals. This probably derives from demographic changes and advances in diagnosis and treatment. The proportion of articles focused on medical retina was the highest during all years while the proportion of articles focused on strabismus was consistently the lowest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1406-1410
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2022


  • Socioeconomics and education in medicine/ophthalmology
  • glaucoma
  • lens/cataract
  • neuro ophthalmology
  • oculoplastic eyelid/lacrimal disease
  • pediatric ophthalmology
  • refractive surgery
  • retina
  • strabismus
  • tumors


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