Three new papers appearing in Clinical and Experimental Optometry (Volume 104, 2021 - Issue 5) shed new light on refractive error, dry eye and contact lens-related publishing. Written by Nathan Efron, Philip Morgan, Lyndon Jones, and Jason Nichols, the works explore top-ranking citations, authors, institutions, countries, journals and other factors through the present day. They represent the latest in a series of analyses from the group, including the companion optomrankings.com website, on which a listing of the top 200 publishing optometrists globally, ranked by h-index, is continually tracked and updated.
In an accompanying editorial, Efron notes that, “Ophthalmic subject-specific bibliometric analyses can assist the optometric and vision science community, ophthalmic industry or indeed the broader public, who have an interest in the subject, to identify leading researchers and institutions with whom they might wish to engage or interact, and journals which academics may choose to publish their work or search for relevant literature. As well, impactful researchers identified by such analyses can be celebrated for their leading roles in furthering the scientific basis underpinning the given field of interest.”
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education’s Dr. Lyndon Jones is included as the top author of contact lens articles published in the 21st century, ranked by h-index of contact lens publications. The University of Waterloo, of which CORE is part, is ranked as the second most influential institution for contact lens publishing in the 21st century (climbing four spots from 2011) and 12th for dry eye publishing (climbing eight spots from 2012).
The refractive error analysis affirms surging global attention being given to myopia, including prevalence and aetiology, and the anatomical and physiological determinants of patterns of eye growth in ametropia.