Methodologists and their methods. Do methodologists write up their conference presentations or is it just 15 minutes of fame?

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. Fall 2001;17(4):601-3.


Objectives: To assess the extent to which abstracts of methodological research, initially presented at meetings on systematic reviews, have gone on to be published as full articles.

Methods: Full publication was assessed in three ways: a search was carried out of The Cochrane Library; a search was conducted using MEDLINE; and a questionnaire was sent to the contact author of each abstract.

Results: Approximately half of the abstracts had not been, or were unlikely ever to be, published in full.

Conclusions: The rate of full publication of abstracts related to the methodology of systematic reviews seems similar to that for randomized trials.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Abstracting and Indexing
  • Congresses as Topic*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Health Services Research / methods
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic*
  • Publication Bias*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Research Design
  • United Kingdom