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Author Reply to “Regarding ‘The Top 50 Most-Cited Shoulder Arthroscopy Studies’”

      We thank Dr. Trojani for his insightful comments on our recently published study “The Top 50 Most-Cited Shoulder Arthroscopy Studies.”
      • Moore M.L.
      • Pollock J.R.
      • McQuivey K.S.
      • Bingham J.S.
      The Top 50 Most-Cited Shoulder Arthroscopy Studies.
      The feedback provided by Dr. Trojani was very informative and provided valuable context in which to interpret the findings of our recent investigation.
      With regard to the list of authors credited with the highest number of publications on the list of the top 50 most cited shoulder arthroscopy articles, we agree with Dr. Trojani that Boileau was the most represented with a total of 6 publications.
      • Boileau P.
      • Brassart N.
      • Watkinson D.J.
      • Carles M.
      • Hatzidakis A.M.
      • Krishnan S.G.
      Arthroscopic repair of full-thickness tears of the supraspinatus: Does the tendon really heal?.
      • Boileau P.
      • Villalba M.
      • Héry J.-Y.
      • Balg F.
      • Ahrens P.
      • Neytonet L.
      Risk factors for recurrence of shoulder instability after arthroscopic Bankart repair.
      • Boileau P.
      • Baqué F.
      • Valerio L.
      • Ahrens P.
      • Chuinard C.
      • Trojaniet C.
      Isolated arthroscopic biceps tenotomy or tenodesis improves symptoms in patients with massive irreparable rotator cuff tears.
      • Boileau P.
      • Krishnan S.G.
      • Coste J.-S.
      • Walch G.
      Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis: A new technique using bioabsorbable interference screw fixation.
      • Boileau P.
      • Parratte S.
      • Chuinard C.
      • Roussanne Y.
      • Shia D.
      • Bicknell R.
      Arthroscopic treatment of isolated type II SLAP lesions: Biceps tenodesis as an alternative to reinsertion.
      • Balg F.
      • Boileau P.
      The instability severity index score.
      In our initial analysis, the ninth most cited article by Balg and Boileau
      • Balg F.
      • Boileau P.
      The instability severity index score.
      was credited as a first-author publication by Balg. However, as Dr. Trojani pointed out, this publication was very much a coauthorship article between Balg and Boileau and would be appropriate to add to the list of Boileau’s first-author publications included in the top 50 most cited shoulder arthroscopy articles. This would mean that Boileau was credited with the most first-author publications, at 6, while Burkhart had the second most first-author publications at 5.
      Additionally, as Dr. Trojani pointed out in his letter, the article authored by Balg and Boileau
      • Balg F.
      • Boileau P.
      The instability severity index score.
      should be classified as an article of French origin, as Balg completed this study during a one-year shoulder fellowship with Boileau in Nice, France. This article was initially classified as a Canadian article, as it appeared Balg was affiliated with a Canadian university at the time of publication. However, as Dr. Trojani explained, this was likely inaccurate. This would bring the total number of French articles included in this analysis to 10 (20%). Figure 1 provides an updated representation of the countries with the most articles represented in the list of the top 50 most cited shoulder arthroscopy studies. We thank Dr. Trojani for providing this informative history behind one of the prestigious studies included in our analysis.
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      Fig 1The number of top 50 cited shoulder arthroscopy articles by country of origin.
      Finally, we thank Dr. Trojani for his critique on only using first-author position to create a list of the most cited authors. As Dr. Trojani explained, the last author or senior author often fills an equally important role in the performance of a research study and the publication of a manuscript. Therefore, we have provided a table with a list of the most cited authors in the first and/or last author position selected from the 50 most cited shoulder arthroscopy studies (Table 1). We believe this will provide a more accurate representation of the most impactful authors included in our analysis.
      Table 1The Most Represented First and/or Last Authors Among the Top 50 Most Cited Shoulder Arthroscopy Studies
      Author NameNumber of First And/or Last Author Cited Articles
      Boileau6
      Burkhart5
      Arciero4
      Gartsman3
      Lafosse3
      Mazzocca3
      Yamaguchi3
      Note: All authors with at least three appearances were included.

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