Factors influencing publication rates of abstracts presented at the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

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Galang, Maria T. S.
Yuan, Judy Chia-Chun
Lee, Damian J.
Barao, Valentim A. R. [UNESP]
Shyamsunder, Nodesh
Sukotjo, Cortino

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Factors related to the path of abstracts from presentation at a conference to publication as a full article have been analyzed in the medical field, but only a few studies have been performed in dentistry. This study investigated the rate of publication of articles based on abstracts presented at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition in 2002 and 2003 and the time lag to publication. This study also aimed to characterize the abstracts and subsequent articles and determine if there were any significant factors related to expansion of an abstract into a full manuscript. A total of 370 abstracts met the inclusion criteria and were examined for this study. Subsequent published articles were located using a standard PubMed search. Descriptive statistics and bivariate analyses were used to analyze the data collected (α=0.05). Results suggest that there was a low (19 percent) publication rate for articles based on abstracts presented at the meetings studied. The median time between abstract presentation and article publication was ten months. Factors that showed significant correlation to likelihood of article publication were multiple affiliations, presence of analytical statistics, and, to a lesser extent, funding. We suggest that presenters at these meetings should expand their abstracts into full manuscripts and seek to publish them in peer-reviewed journals for the benefit of the profession.



Abstract, Dental Education, Likelihood to publication, Publication lag time, Publication rates

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Journal of Dental Education, v. 75, n. 4, p. 549-556, 2011.