What is it about?

We studied the factors associated with publication as a full text paper in the next 9 years, for all papers presented at the 44th National Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics. The published papers were also compared with the conference-abstracts. 74 (16%) of the 450 abstracts presented were subsequently published; 61 (82.4%) of these in Medline-indexed journals. Majority (50, 67.6%) of the papers was published within the first 3 years after presentation. The factors significantly associated with subsequent publication were papers presented as award papers (P<0.001), those reporting on Interventional trials (P<0.001), and those from medical colleges (P<0.05).

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Why is it important?

The proportion of papers subsequently published is much lower than other studies from across other countries and/or specialties. There is a need for more studies to identify the factors responsible for this low rate of subsequent publication, and interventions to improve it both at institutional and researchers’ level.


I had never expected that of the so much research presented at the PEDICON by young bright-eyed researchers, majority is not subsequently published. This, in my view, is a wastage of public health resources, and also -in a way - unethical.

Dr Devendra Mishra
Maulana Azad Medical College

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This page is a summary of: Factors affecting subsequent full-text publication of papers presented at the Annual Conference of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Indian Pediatrics, February 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s13312-017-1015-4.
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