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Elevating Researchers’ Impact: Turning Posters into Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sunday, May 5
5:05 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : Novice, unpublished researchers might Increase research impact by disseminating study findings in scholarly journals, if they were shown concrete steps to follow, plus research study reporting guidelines to use as a blueprint. Our objective was to determine whether novice researchers benefitted from a librarian-led training on converting locally presented poster content into a manuscript suitable for a peer-reviewed journal.
Methods : Targeting recent CTSI Clinical Research Day poster presenters, we piloted a workshop designed to encourage them to turn their content into a manuscript publishable in a scholarly journal, and thus broaden the dissemination and increase the potential impact of their research. We covered choosing a journal, finding the journal’s requirements, locating the reporting standards for the study type (e.g., CONSORT), and structuring the manuscript appropriately per International Committee of Medical Journal Editors recommendations (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion). At the end of the workshop, each attendee was given a brief course evaluation survey to complete anonymously and place in an opaque envelope. Data were entered into an Excel spreadsheet and response counts were tallied. The study protocol, including the survey instrument, was submitted to the University of Florida Institutional Review Board which determined it qualified for exempt status.
Results : Of the 14 attendees completing surveys, 13 (92.9%) found the course to be helpful (extremely (n=1), very (n=8), and somewhat (n=4) helpful). The numbers were exactly the same regarding satisfaction with the course content (extremely (n=1), very (n=8), and somewhat (n=4) satisfied). Only one attendee (0.07%) reported finding the course not very helpful, and being not very satisfied with the content. Twelve respondents (85.7%) said they felt more (n=10) or much more (n=2) confident in their ability to write a publishable article, with 10 (71.4%) feeling it enhanced their likelihood of getting an article published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Conclusions : This librarian-led training on converting recently presented poster content into a manuscript suitable for a scholarly journal was found to be beneficial to novice researchers. Based on these findings, the CTSI is eager to have this training offered on an annual basis following their Clinical Research Day Poster Session. Poster presenters at this year’s event proved to be an excellent target audience. This training is broadly applicable and can easily be adapted to follow a variety of research poster events. Future plans are to offer sessions following the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the College of Dentistry’s research poster event.

Terry Kit Selfe, AHIP

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL


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