August 8, 2012 at 11:14AM
Not every daily contact lenses wearer will have heard of Contact Lens and Anterior Eye – but, as the title suggests, it deals with something that they put in their eyes every day.
The periodical is in fact the British Contact Lens Association's journal and its Impact Factor was recently rated at 1.421.
The rating, determined by Thomson Reuters, is based on the level of citation that articles in the journal received in the course of last year, according to a report on the BCLA's website.
It was the first occasion on which the journal had been rated in this way, and its editor in chief, Dr Shehzad Naroo, has called the rating "a great achievement for CLAE".
He said that the ranking that the rating results in is remarkable given the periodical's nature.
"It ranks us 33 out of 56 ophthalmic journals, which for a sub-specialty journal with limited potential readership and limited field of scope is quite remarkable," he said.
The more general nature of some journals gave them a bigger readership, he suggested.
"Other journals have a wider reach as they may be general ophthalmology or optometry journals, so for CLAE to be ranked amongst them is fantastic."
Meanwhile, the British Contact Lenses Association's president, Dr Catharine Chisholm, talked about how proud the organisation was of Dr Naroo and his colleagues at the journal.
"It will not only ensure a greater visibility for our journal amongst the international research community, but is another step forward in making CLAE the journal of first choice for authors wishing to publish their latest research findings on contact lenses and the anterior eye," she said of the development.
The August issue of the journal includes such articles as 'Effects of aqueous polymeric surfactants on silicone-hydrogel soft- contact-lens wettability and bacterial adhesion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa' according to the website of its publisher, Elsevier.
Not a title that's immediately hugely clear to the average contact lenses wearer, we'll admit. But we're sure most are glad that the experts are looking into such things on their behalf.
Posted by Helen Smith.
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