Study shows high publication rates of research presented at the IOF-ESCEO Congress

Oral Communications at WCO MIlan 2015
Oral Communications at WCO MIlan 2015 ©GIlberto Lontro/IOF
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Close to 76% of oral presentations were published within three years as full papers in high- impact journals - showing that the annual World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases is a key forum for global research findings.

A recent paper published in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis examined the publication outcomes of abstracts presented at the 2011 IOF-ESCEO Congress over a period of three years following the Congress. The findings show that close to 76% of oral presentations are published within three years in journals with a high impact factor.

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, President of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) and Congress Co-Chair stated, “The results of this survey attest to the high publication rates of the research presented at the IOF-ESCEO joint Congress. This is immensely gratifying as it shows that the Congress’ Scientific Advisory Committee has put in place a robust selection process and that the Congress is viewed as a forum of choice for the presentation of the latest research findings in the field.

The findings showed:

  • Of the 619 Abstracts (45 oral and 574 poster communications), those selected as oral communications had a high publication rate of 75.6% (versus 27.4% for poster presentations).
  • Oral presentations are published in journals with a high impact factor.
  • On average 30.9% of the abstracts were published as a full length manuscript within three years.
  • Time from submission to printed publication was on average the same for both oral and poster communications.
  • Half of the published papers appeared in print within 12 months of their presentation at the Congress, almost 80% within two years of the congress, with remaining papers published during the third year of the 3-year period surveyed.
  • Given that previous surveys have shown that up to 20% of published papers appear more than three years after presentation at a congress, the 3-year study likely underestimates publication rates.
  • Abstracts presented at the Congress resulted in full publication in 81 different journals, with 46.6% published in the leading journals Osteoporosis International (17.28%), Bone (11%), Journal of Bone & Mineral Research (8.9%), Calcified Tissue International (5.24%) and Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (4.19%).

Since 2011 Congress, the annual event has evolved into the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases. The new name reflects wide global participation, and the enlarged scope of the musculoskeletal research presented at the Congress.

International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) President John A Kanis stated,

A key IOF mission is to promote and disseminate research to advance the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and related diseases. In this regard the World Congress is making a major and growing contribution.

We have seen a growing number of high-quality abstracts and an approximate 45% increase in the number of submissions since 2011. The recent Congress in Milan attracted more than 900 abstracts submissions and hosted 3247 delegates. We believe these developments reflect the congress’ established status as the largest and most influential in the field.”

About the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Held jointly by IOF and ESCEO, the Congress is the world’s largest annual forum for the presentation of clinical research and new advances in the prevention and management of bone, muscle and joint disorders. The next WCO IOF-ESCEO Congress will be held in Malaga, Spain from April 14-17, 2016. #OsteoCongress 

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