Sidebar: Highly Cited Nitric Oxide ARticles by Salvador Moncada

As part of my keynote address at the 10th International Conference on Prostaglandins and Related Compounds in Vienna on September 22, I reviewed my 1984 analysis of the 1982 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine that honored the work of Sir John R. Vane, Sune K. Bergstrom, and Bengt I. Samuelsson in advancing prostaglandin research (E. Garfield, Current Contents, 12:3-12, March 19, 1984). This field has grown enormously since then. Between 1981 and 1995, about 3,000 papers per year were published that explicitly used the term "prostaglandins," or related terms such as "prostacyclins," "leukotrienes," and "thromboxanes," in their titles.

For the Vienna talk, we created a file of more than 40,000 papers published from 1981 through 1995 whose titles contained "prostaglandin" and other related key words. These were extracted from the Science Indicators Database of the Philadelphia-based Institute for...

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