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Optometry and Vision Science Research Guide: Residency - POC clinical abstract preparation

Research resources and information for vision science.


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OVS (optometry and vision science) cover issueOVS (Optometry and Vision Science) is the official journal for the American Academy of Optometrists (AAO). At the University of Waterloo Library, we have the holdings for this entire publication, with coverage dating back to 1926. 

Optometry and Vision Science has specific instructions and guidelines for submitting articles. Those instructions and guidelines are readily available on the submission service site. Please read and review them carefully. Articles that are not submitted in accordance with our instructions and guidelines are more likely to be rejected.

Citation style

The journal of Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) utilizes its' own style citation format, which is based on Vancouver style. Vancouver referencing is an author-number citation style used widely in the scientific and medical disciplines. 

You should be using a reference manager, such as Zotero or Endnote, to format your references. The University of Waterloo has an institutional license with Zotero, as well as experts on-site who can assist you with any troubleshooting. Register and download Zotero using your uWaterloo email in order to access the institutional license. If you need assistance with Zotero or have any questions regarding reference managers, connect with your librarian: Brie McConnell, University of Waterloo, Davis Centre Library. 

Style format files

Install to your reference manager to format your references automatically using OVS citation stye.

Example of OVS citation style:

Repeated exposure to the optics lab is critical for students’ understanding of light-wave transitions.1–3 Here we utilized the PIMCA learning model to improve the students engagement with experimental magnifying glasses.4  


  1.  Putri RAH, Widodo A, Rusyati L. Developing a Four-Tier Diagnostic Test to identify students’ conception on light and optic topic. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2021;2098:12008.
  2. Hand B, Prain V, Scholes I. Light Learning: Enlighten students with this optics puzzle. The Science teacher (National Science Teachers Association) 1996;63:38–40.
  3. Colin P, Viennot L. Using two models in optics: Students’ difficulties and suggestions for teaching. AM J PHYS 2001;69:S36–44.
  4. Hartati H, Mondolang AH, Silangen PM, Tulandi DA, Marianus M, Poluakan C. PIMCA learning models to improve student learning outcomes in optic magnifying glass tool. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2021;1968:12036.