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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 817-824

Do radiation oncologists publish what they present? An observational analysis of abstracts presented at the radiation oncology congresses in Turkey: A young radiation oncologists group study

1 Radiation Oncology Clinic, Marmara University Pendik Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Radiation Oncology Clinic, Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar City Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Dr. M F Eren
Marmara University Pendik Education and Research Hospital, Radiation Oncology Clinic, 34899 Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_1794_21

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Background: The publication rate of abstracts is a measure of the quality of scientific meetings. Aims: The present study aimed to determine the radiation oncologists' publication rates of abstracts presented at the National Radiation Oncology Congresses (UROK) and National Cancer Congresses (UKK) and identify the top journals that published these studies. Materials and Methods: We reviewed the abstracts presented at UROK and UKK, held between 2013 and 2017. To retrieve any publications originating from the presented abstracts, we searched the match terms in the public databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar, The Turkish Academic Network, and Information Center (ULAKBIM). We evaluated the articles' publication dates and peer-review history and noted the journals' impact factors. Results: Three thousand seven hundred six abstracts were accepted for presentation; 1178 papers met the study criteria and were included in the analyses. There were 297 oral and 881 poster presentations. The overall publication rate was 18.9%. The median time to publication was 12 months. The studies were published in 94 scientific journals with a median impact factor of 1.28. Breast cancer and lung cancer studies had the highest publication rates among all subspecialties (15.2%). Retrospective studies had higher publication rates than those with other study designs (P < 0.0001). Conclusion: Almost 20% of abstracts presented at UROK and UKK were converted into full-text publications. Most of the abstracts achieved publication within 2 years from the presentation. Oral presentations had a significantly higher publication rate than poster presentations, reflecting their higher quality. The authors' affiliations and the study designs were among the significant factors that determine publication success.

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