Scientific conferences represent one of the most important venues for scientists to present, discuss and share among peers novel and qualified medical issues. However, the dissemination of information present in the abstracts, independent of its scientific content, remains very limited until published in full detail in peer-reviewed indexed journals. We investigated this topic, by evaluating all the scientific contributions submitted to the last editions of the yearly annual conferences of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI), section Emilia-Romagna and Marche. All accepted contributions of three years (2010-2012), were checked for investigators’ surname and title key words across the principal scientific public databases. Published contributions were subdivided into original study (OS) and case report (CR), and grouped by geographic area of provenience. The final sample consisted of 147 abstracts (44 OS, 103 CR). Of these, 20 (13.6%) were converted to publication, with clear preponderance of CR vs. OS: 65% vs. 35%. In details, converted OS were 7/44 (15.9%), and CR 13/103 (12.6%), respectively. Most treated topics referred to gastroenterology (25.2%), infectious diseases (19.7%), and general internal medicine (18.4%). The median Impact Factor was 4.18 [0.95-11.7]. These data, very similar to those reported in literature for the most important xardiology conferences, support the validity of internal medicine conferences, even in the case of regional ones.

Conversion of conference abstracts to publication: 3-year experience of the Emilia-Romagna and Marche section of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine.

DE GIORGI, Alfredo;FABBIAN, Fabio;MANFREDINI, Roberto;
2014

Abstract

Scientific conferences represent one of the most important venues for scientists to present, discuss and share among peers novel and qualified medical issues. However, the dissemination of information present in the abstracts, independent of its scientific content, remains very limited until published in full detail in peer-reviewed indexed journals. We investigated this topic, by evaluating all the scientific contributions submitted to the last editions of the yearly annual conferences of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine (SIMI), section Emilia-Romagna and Marche. All accepted contributions of three years (2010-2012), were checked for investigators’ surname and title key words across the principal scientific public databases. Published contributions were subdivided into original study (OS) and case report (CR), and grouped by geographic area of provenience. The final sample consisted of 147 abstracts (44 OS, 103 CR). Of these, 20 (13.6%) were converted to publication, with clear preponderance of CR vs. OS: 65% vs. 35%. In details, converted OS were 7/44 (15.9%), and CR 13/103 (12.6%), respectively. Most treated topics referred to gastroenterology (25.2%), infectious diseases (19.7%), and general internal medicine (18.4%). The median Impact Factor was 4.18 [0.95-11.7]. These data, very similar to those reported in literature for the most important xardiology conferences, support the validity of internal medicine conferences, even in the case of regional ones.
2014
DE GIORGI, Alfredo; Fabbian, Fabio; Pala, M.; Manfredini, Roberto; Salmi, R.
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