bims-librar Biomed news
on Biomedical Librarianship
Issue of 2018‒05‒20
two papers selected by
Thomas Krichel
Open Library Society

  1. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 May 09. pii: S0002-9394(18)30209-5. [Epub ahead of print]
    Pathipati AS, Tsai JC.
      PURPOSE: To consider the American Journal of Ophthalmology's role as not only a forum to describe clinical and scientific advances but also as a record of institutional histories. We used the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the Wills Eye Hospital as case studies on the journal's role in documenting the people and organizations that have moved ophthalmology forward.DESIGN: Perspective METHODS: Using the ScienceDirect database, we conducted a literature search to gather all mentions of the three eye hospitals in the journal's archives from 1918 to 2018. We evaluated those search results to identify a few of the individuals and articles that highlight how the history of eye institutions are reflected in the AJO.
    RESULTS: Searches for the aforementioned three hospitals yielded over 3400 results in journal archives. These included articles on their histories, proceedings from clinical case conferences, profiles of prominent surgeons, and information about educational offerings, among others. Many of those articles were written by physicians from those institutions who also served on the AJO's editorial board or had a long history of publishing in the journal.
    CONCLUSIONS: The AJO has played a crucial role in the last 100 years as a register of ophthalmic history. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Wills Eye Hospital provide three examples of how that role manifests.
  2. Adv Parasitol. 2018 ;pii: S0065-308X(18)30018-6. [Epub ahead of print]100 1-27
    Stothard JR, Rollinson D.
      Beginning in 1963, the founding rationale of Advances in Parasitology was to provide authentic, well-documented reviews by leading experts, about the progress being made in their area of specialism to inform the wider cadre of parasitologists, disseminating this information across allied disciplines and all users. Some 55 years later, the Series has accumulated over 667 published articles, with just over 650 authors contributing either alone or in collaboration, and has successfully served the parasitological needs of medical, veterinary and wildlife scientific communities with equity, notwithstanding treatises on vectors or intermediate hosts, as well as 'honorary parasites' such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. The first production of Advances in Parasitology united the publishing offices of Academic Press in the USA (New York) and the UK (London), maintaining Webster or Oxford writing styles, but unlike its production, all seven editors, beginning with Professor Ben Dawes, have been UK-based. While Advances in Parasitology is now published by Elsevier from their London Office, it still follows the tradition of hard backed book production, in either eclectic or thematic volume formats. But now, following academic imperatives, the Series supports online posting, allowing chapter(s) to be downloaded ahead of final production of the hard back volume. With the 100th volume of Advances in Parasitology, in eclectic format like the very first, there is good reason to celebrate and reflect on the academic impact and enduring legacy of this Series. Seen not only as a yardstick of publishing success but also as a testament, in part, to our fascination with parasites, these cursorily simple yet wonderfully complex organisms that often cause undue harm and much suffering, is still as vibrant, expanding and relevant as ever before.
    Keywords:  Advances in parasitology; Bibliometrics; Helminthology; Historical appraisal; Protozoology