Ten leading otolaryngological journals were reviewed with a view to detecting the UK contribution to the ENT literature from 1985 to 1994. From a total number of 12,293 publications studied 2414 (19.6%) papers were found to originate from British and Northern Irish otolaryngological departments, with the proportion of UK papers remaining at around 20% throughout the whole 10-year period. These papers were fully reviewed and the number of authors, paper type, names of authors and originating department recorded. Eleven departments were responsible for 50.2% of the total number of publications with the most prolific author being responsible for 2.5% (n = 60) of the total number of UK papers. Over the 10-year period, there has been a significant change towards the publication of more clinical research at the expense of pure laboratory research in these 10 journals (χ2 P < 0.001). There has also been a move towards multiple authorship (three or more co-authors) over the same period with fewer single-author papers (P < 0.001).
- Great Britain
- Northern Ireland