The Vision Research community has made its decision to choose the best publications of the year 2016. The ‘Pick of the Year’ reflects the personal choice and preference of the community submitted by its members.
This year we had a tremendous feedback and received suggestions from a variety of countries throughout the world (Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States of America). Surprisingly the most contributions originated from the USA (36%) followed by Germany (21%) and Switzerland with 12%.
We are very happy about these results and the enthusiasm of the community. We are very glad to present the top five papers with the highest scores.
With 52% of all submitted replies, our number one paper of the year got a clear winning margin. To cite some comments: (i) “Wonderful and informative publication. Up and coming developments in Retina using the science of new therapeutic approaches incorporating gene and stem cell therapy as well as microchip implantations in ophthalmology”; (ii) “This is a fantastic overview of inherited retinal degeneration as well as a dazzling outlook for future therapeutic opportunities”; (iii) “Please receive my vote for this publication which I believe will be a tremendous contribution to much needed therapy for inherited retinal degeneration (…)”.
Emerging therapies for inherited retinal degeneration.
Sci Transl Med. 2016 Dec 7;8(368):368rv6.
With 15% the readership voted for our number 2 in 2016. Some comments were: (i) “The first of a series of papers challenging the long established idea of integration of photoreceptors in the ONL following transplantation”; (ii) “Successfully challenging the prevalent paradigm in a research field always has been a tough endeavour. Experiments have to be particularly well conceptualized, designed and especially thoroughly conducted to convince the scientific community of a new idea contradicting the common view (…)”; (iii) “ (…) it is this kind of publications bringing the amount of knowledge a huge step further towards the development of new and effective clinical therapies”.
Retinal transplantation of photoreceptors results in donor-host cytoplasmic exchange.
Nat Commun. 2016 Oct 4;7:13028. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13028.
Our number three was selected by 10% of the contributors stating comments as (i) “Ground-breaking” or “The authors have finally succeeded in providing a principled catalog of functional ganglion cell types in the mouse retina. This catalog will greatly facilitate future research on visual coding in the mammalian retina”.
The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells in the mouse.
Nature. 2016 Jan 21;529(7586):345-50. doi: 10.1038/nature16468. Epub 2016 Jan 6.
The paper on the 4th place describes “a comprehensive study looking at objective and subjective outcomes of presbyopic LASIK with the Wavelight Custom Q algorithm. The conclusion of the study is that central presbyopic LASIK with corneal asphericity modulation using the monovision correction algorithm was effective and safe for presbyopia treatment.”
Surgical treatment of presbyopia with central presbyopic keratomileusis: One-year results.
J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Oct;42(10):1415-1423. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.07.031.
With each 5% the 5th place has to be shared between two papers
Neural Summation in the Hawkmoth Visual System Extends the Limits of Vision in Dim Light.
Curr Biol. 2016 Mar 21;26(6):821-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.01.030. Epub 2016 Mar 3.
Simultaneous Complement Response via Lectin Pathway in Retina and Optic Nerve in an Experimental Autoimmune Glaucoma Model.
Front Cell Neurosci. 2016 Jun 1;10:140. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2016.00140. eCollection 2016.
Our congratulation goes to all winners and we may thank all contributors for their constructive submissions.
We are looking forward for the "best puplication in 2017.