Publication rates of abstracts presented at annual musculoskeletal tumor society meetings.

Jasko JJ, Wood JH, Schwartz HS
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2003 (415): 98-103

PMID: 14612635 · DOI:10.1097/01.blo.0000093902.12372.76

Beware of the unpublished abstract! What is the publication rate of abstracts presented at Musculoskeletal Tumor Society meetings, and how does this compare with other orthopaedic and medical meetings? Three hundred thirty-six podium presentations from six annual meetings were identified and their publication was searched at a minimum of 3 years after the event. An effort was made to determine what percent of these abstracts eventually were published in a peer-reviewed journal. It was determined that 137 abstracts were published for a publication rate of 41%. The average time between presentation at the meeting and publication was 21.8 plus or minus 13.5 months. The published articles appeared in 48 peer-reviewed journals. The rate of publication and time until publication was similar to other orthopaedic meetings and to other medical disciplines. Changes to the cohort, title, or authors occurred in approximately (1/3) of the published articles compared with the abstracts. These results suggest that for various reasons the majority of presented material at Musculoskeletal Tumor Society meetings may not survive peer review and may not be scientifically valid.

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Abstracting and Indexing Authorship Bias Bibliometrics Bone Neoplasms Congresses as Topic Humans Muscle Neoplasms Orthopedics Peer Review, Research Periodicals as Topic Publishing Research Design Time Factors

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