Do we publish what we present? The publication rate of a national arthroscopy society and a review of the literature


Publication rate ; NVA ; Dutch arthroscopy society

Published online: Apr 16 2021

Jan Jaap De Graeff, Bauke W. Kooistra, Joris E.J. Bekkers, Frank W. Bloemers, Matthijs P. Somford, Max Reijman, Duncan E. Meuffels, Michel P.J. Van Den Bekerom

From the Scientific Committee of the Dutch Arthroscopy Society


The publication rate (PR) of full-text articles after presentation at medical society meetings varies widely. The purpose of this study is (1) to determine the PR of abstracts presented at the Dutch Arthroscopy Society’s (NVA) annual meeting from 2006 until 2016, (2) to determine the time between presentation and publication, and (3) to review the known literature on the PR of orthopaedic scientific meetings. We retrospectively reviewed the programs of the NVA annual meetings from 2006 to 2016. All podium presentations reported were included. The search for subsequent journal publication was performed using PubMed, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases. A systematic literature search was performed in PubMed. All studies regarding the publication rates of orthopaedic scientific meetings were included. From 2006 to 2016 a total of 131 papers were presented at the NVA annual meetings, of which 83 were published as full text articles (63%). The mean time to publication was 16.5 months. The overall PR at orthopaedic scientific meetings ranges from 21% to 71%.