The International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology will turn 25 years in 2021!
In 2021, the International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology (IAO) will complete 25 years of uninterrupted publication of clinical, basic research and systematic review articles, contributing effectively to the progress of scientific knowledge in Otorhinolaryngology, Audiology, Speech Therapy and related sciences.
The scientific journal is a publication sponsored by the Otorhinolaryngologic Foundation and edited by Thieme Medical Publishers. This year's is the 25th volume published since 1997,  and it is composed of original articles and literature reviews carefully selected by a large international editorial board and peer-revied by renowned researchers who voluntarily contributed to add greater quality to the content of the articles evaluated.
With the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the year 2020 represented a challenge to maintain the journal regarding the serious social and economic problems faced worldwide, but the editorial team did not lack the will and determination to keep the journal going.
The IAO was the first electronic journal in the world, so much so that its first name was International @rchives of Otorhinolaryngology, with the “@” referring to the concept of open access, and it used the newly-created internet for the universal and free dissemination of its files.  
Although the internet already existed for communication between academic centers since 1983, it started to be used by the general population around 1993-1994, initially with dial-in networks and few resources.
In this context, Ricardo Bento, professor of Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) at The School of Medicine of University of Sao Paulo (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, FMUSP, in Portuguese) and Claudio Lazzarini, otorhinolaryngologist at the Otorhinolaryngology Service of FMUSP, who were enthusiastic about this new technology, which was even contested by many who did not believe in its future, decided to create a scientific journal with printed and electronic versions, with a website and open-access articles. It was the first in the world.  The journal was the first medical journal to publish pictures in anaglyph 3D coming with the special glasses in 2000 (issue 4, volume 2). The journal official scientific publication of the Otorhinolaryngology Foundation, which has sponsored it throughout these years, within its statutory objectives of encouraging research and the dissemination of the specialty. A large number of people who believed in the initiative have worked long and heard since the initial days, when few articles were received, until today, when hundreds of papers are submitted annually to the journal.
* 1st. Editor of the International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology.
01 February 2021 (online)
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