The celebrations of the moon landing 50 years ago remind us how important scientific discoveries and achievements can inspire generations of scientists, and it’s fascinating to see what has been accomplished in different scientific fields since 1969. This summer retrospective collection of Endocrine Society journal articles seeks to highlight a few fundamental discoveries from endocrinology. Endocrinology editor-in-chief Teresa K. Woodruff wrote in a recent editorial that it is the combination of durability and quality that is critical for scientific publications to have impact: “This combination of great papers and durable citations is the real indicator of success.”
We hope you enjoy this special collection of papers, published 25 and 50 years ago in Endocrinology and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, that have been highly influential and remain relevant today. This historical snapshot of research highlights the depth of the field of endocrinology and illustrates how far research has come. You will see that these selected papers have durability and quality (they continue to be cited today) and have greatly influenced today’s research — as well as, in many cases, policies and healthcare. Two recent articles from Endocrinology and Endocrine Reviews are included at the end of the collection, as they pertain to major discoveries that occurred in 1969 and 1994.
Selection in each Thematic Issue is guided by online metrics, including Altmetric Attention Scores, Featured Article designations, and identification of leading authors and key topics. Each month, we publish a new Thematic Issue online and work to highlight and promote endocrine science in the press, through email, on social media and across other distribution channels.