Publication of abstracts from undergraduate student conferences in indexed journals: is there any value?
EANS Academy. Akhbari M. 09/25/19; 275594; EP10002
Ms. Melika Akhbari
Ms. Melika Akhbari

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Background: We have previously described the value of student conferences in facilitating exposure to neurosurgery. In preparation for the second annual King´s College London (KCL) International Neurosurgical Conference, we investigated the benefit of publishing student research in an indexed journal and the resultant influence on the likelihood of attendance.
Methods: A questionnaire was devised within a cross-sectional study to explore demographics, participant views and corresponding expositions. Distribution began prior to the conference and equivalent questions were subsequently incorporated in a feedback survey disseminated to delegates at the event close.
Results: Responses have been accrued from 78 medical students and doctors-in-training. 51.3% of respondents declared previous experience in the presentation of research. 93.5% stated that they would be more likely to attend an international student conference if the abstracts were to be published. The indexation status and impact factor of the journal were identified as variables likely to impact decisions. 87.5% of the cohort confirmed that an accompanying PMID would also be valuable.
Our findings justified publication of selected submissions to the abstract competition. The initiative manifested as the 'Proceedings of the KCL International Neurosurgical Conference 2018', accepted for publication in the journal: NEUROSURGERY®. The supplement will mark the first experience of publishing the abstracts from a student meeting in a peer-reviewed journal. The undertaking has gained endorsement from the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS).
Conclusions: Publication of abstracts from student meetings serves as a platform for showcasing student research. It encourages early active preparation for future specialty training and a potential career in academic neurosurgery. Key stakeholders should advocate this approach to foster further educational activity in the field.
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