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Subspecialties Glaucoma, Glaucoma

Benchmarking Glaucoma

Glaucoma is second leading cause of blindness globally, after cataracts, but provides an even greater challenge: glaucoma-related blindness is permanent. This is a major driving factor for clinical research into glaucoma therapies.

To provide insight into the past and predictions for the future of the field, a series of metrics were applied  to the last five years of the published literature. We asked:

  • What are the major topics for the field?
  • Which publications have the greatest impact?
  • How is the knowledge available online?
  • Who are the most prolific authors?

PubMed, was searched for glaucoma* with results limited to the last five years, in humans (for a clinical focus). The data were analyzed in Microsoft Excel 2013.

Most frequent topics on PubMed

Glaucoma Publications per Year

Number of Papers Published by Journal, 2009-2013

Journal Impact Factors for 2013

Average Impact Factors for Journals Over the Past Five Years

Most Prolific Authors in Glaucoma, 2009-2013

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About the Author
Mark Hillen

I spent seven years as a medical writer, writing primary and review manuscripts, congress presentations and marketing materials for numerous – and mostly German – pharmaceutical companies. Prior to my adventures in medical communications, I was a Wellcome Trust PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.

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