Arthritis & Rheumatism, Volume 63,
November 2011 Abstract Supplement

Abstracts of the American College of
Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
Annual Scientific Meeting
Chicago, Illinois November 4-9, 2011.

Publication Outcomes of Abstracts Presented At the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting.

Amarilyo,  Gil, Woo,  Jennifer MP, Furst,  Daniel E., Lund,  Olivia I., Eyal,  Rotem, Piao,  Cindy, Parsa,  Miriam F.


The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) serves as the primary forum for introducing novel clinical and basic science research in the fields of rheumatology and immunology worldwide. However, unlike published studies in peer-reviewed journals, accepted abstracts are usually filtered by 2–4 reviewers who are exposed solely to the summary of the research study. Formal analyses of the scientific impact of ASM on abstract publication have not been performed to date. We therefore aimed to describe the probability of publication and impact factors of presentations and posters when presented at the ASM.


We identified all abstracts that were accepted for oral or poster presentation at the 2006 ASM. Using a defined search algorithm, which included first or last authors, we conducted a PubMed search for each accepted abstract. If more than one published article was identified, key terms from the abstract title were compared to titles of published articles. Journal name, journal impact factor and time to publication were analyzed for each published study.


A total of 2161 abstracts were presented at 2006 ASM and analyzed. The publication rates are listed in Table 1. The average time from abstract to publication was 16.7 months, with 39.4% of published presentations being published within 12 months following the 2006 ASM. Overall, studies presented in oral format were significantly more likely to be published compared to poster presentations (p <0.002); however this association was seen only in clinical studies (p <0.001) and not in basic science studies. The average time to publication was significantly shorter for basic science studies compared to clinical research studies (14.66 vs. 17.89 months; p < 0.001) in both presentation formats (p <0.01 for both). Presented studies were published in 144 individual journals. The five journals with the largest number of publications (incorporating 56.6% of all published abstracts) include Arthritis and Rheumatism (186), Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (99), Journal of Rheumatology (86), Rheumatology (45), and Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology (29). Finally, the average journal impact factor of published studies presented in oral format was significantly higher than those presented as posters, irrespective of clinical or basic science research (p < 0.002 for clinical, basic, and overall).

Table. Publication Data: ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, 2006.

Type (%)Publication Ratio (%)Time to Publication (months±SD)Impact Factor of Journal (mean±SD)
Overall (100%)36.416.7 ± 12.745.35 ± 3.35
Clinical (63%)37.317.9 ± 12.415.2 ± 3.26
Poster sessions (83%)35.317.4 ± 12.374.94 ± 3.11
Oral presentations (17%)4719.6 ± 12.616.17 ± 3.61
Basic Science (37%)3514.7 ± 13.075.59 ± 3.49
Poster sessions (82%)34.714.7 ± 13.295.07 ± 2.55
Oral presentations (18%)38.414.4 ± 12.277.64 ± 5.42


The ASM serves as an important forum for early dissemination of novel ideas. As comparable with other national specialty meetings, 36% of the abstracts are published. Abstracts selected for oral presentation represented studies that are more likely to be published in higher impact journals.

To cite this abstract, please use the following information:
Amarilyo, Gil, Woo, Jennifer MP, Furst, Daniel E., Lund, Olivia I., Eyal, Rotem, Piao, Cindy, et al; Publication Outcomes of Abstracts Presented At the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. [abstract]. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63 Suppl 10 :98

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