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Abstract

Background: Information presented in society meetings has not been completely vetted through a formal review process. It is not entirely clear if it is accurate or will ever be published in peer reviewed journals.

Materials and Methods: A Pubmed-Medline search was performed for all abstracts presented at the AHBPA from 2007-2009 Different variables including country of origin, study center, and academic institution were examined to determine if any could predict eventual publication.

Results: 33.4% of all abstracts presented materialized into full text manuscripts. The average time to publication was 14 months. In total, 46% of abstracts were published in two journals, The Journal of the Hepato-Pancreateco-Biliary Association (26 %) and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (20%). Multi-centered studies had higher publication rates (39%) than single-centered studies (33%). Although domestic abstracts had higher publication rates (38%) than foreign abstracts (28%)and academic universities had higher publication rates (38%) than non-academic universities (28%) , none of the p-values reached statistical significance. None of the other variables studied were associated with publication.

Conclusion: One third of all abstracts were eventually printed in peer reviewed journals. Presentations from multi-centered, domestic, and academic institutions are associated with a higher likelihood of publication, but were not statistically significant. Abstracts are most frequently featured in the journal of Hepato-Pancreateco-Biliary Association and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. It is difficult to predict which posters will eventually be published. Clinicians should evaluate posters and oral presentations with a jaundiced eye, as only one third of them pass peer review.

Institution

The University of Toledo

Repository

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections

Digital Publisher

Digital Initiatives, The University of Toledo Libraries

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