The Outcome of USCAP Abstracts
J Song, DH Hwang, RW Ricciotti, M Li, A Chang. University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Background: The scientific abstract program of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) annual meeting is an important forum for sharing recent advances in pathology, publishing over 1500 abstracts each year. Abstracts are a valuable source of information; however, full articles in peer-reviewed journals are generally considered to be more accessible and reliable. Knowing the outcome of published abstracts is of interest to both meeting organizers and attendees. The goal of our study is to analyze the outcome of USCAP abstracts in recent years.
Design: USCAP abstracts for the 2005 to 2007 annual meetings were downloaded from Modern Pathology, and processed by a PERL computer program. For each abstract, it searched PubMed with the first and last authors, within a 3-year date range starting from the October prior to USCAP meeting (abstract submission deadline). We then manually reviewed the research results to accept articles that are true matches, and to reject those unrelated to or not consistent with their query abstracts. This review process was greatly facilitated by the program that highlighted all matched keywords, and sorted articles by their likelihood of being true matches.
Results: Overall, 36% (1725/4824) of USCAP abstracts from 2005 to 2007 resulted in publication in peer-reviewed journals. The publication rates for various subspecialties are listed in Table 1. The top five journals with largest number of publications are: Am J Surg Pathol (16.2%), Modern Pathol (9.1%), Am J Clin Pathol (8.3%), Human Pathol (5.7%) and Arch Pathol Lab Med (4.0%). The average time from abstract to publication was 18.7 months, with 25% published in the first year.
|Subspecialty \ Year||2005 (%)||2006 (%)||2007 (%)|
|Bone & Soft Tissue||48||42||38|
|Head & Neck||47||43||29|
|Liver & Pancreas||35||31||31|