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J Laryngol Otol. 2013 Jun;127(6):556-61. doi: 10.1017/S0022215113000856. Epub 2013 May 1.

Are UK otorhinolaryngologists maintaining their research output?

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.



In the general surgical and anaesthetic literature, there has been a decline in research output originating from the UK. This study analysed the 10 globally leading and 2 UK leading otorhinolaryngology journals to determine whether this trend was also reflected within otorhinolaryngology.


Citable research output was analysed from 4 individual years, over a 10-year period (2000-2010), to determine absolute output, geographical mix and article type.


The proportion of research output from the UK and Ireland grew 22.8 per cent among the leading global otorhinolaryngology journals, but fell 28.6 per cent among the leading two UK otorhinolaryngology journals. The converse trend was true for the USA and Canada. Output from European and the rest of the world grew among both sets of journals, while Japanese output fell. 'Research' articles remained the most prevalent type.


These results are encouraging as they refute the fall in UK research output observed by other authors. In the face of growing challenges, it is important to maintain published output so that the fate that has befallen other specialties is not mirrored within UK otorhinolaryngology.

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