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A Guide to Publishable Research

During an Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery journal strategic planning meeting last year, the journal editors and staff identified several knowledge gaps that were limiting peer-reviewed publication for some international physicians. 

With that in mind, a Monday International Symposium will provide otolaryngologists an opportunity to learn how to successfully design and present their research for submission to the AAO-HNSF’s journals, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and OTO Open, as well as other peer-reviewed journals.

Passport to Clinical Research: Successfully Translating Your Scientific
Hypothesis into a Peer-Reviewed Publication

Today, 10:00 – 11:00 am Part I
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Part II

GWCC, Building B, Room 305

“We found that some international submissions posed meaningful questions but had issues with study design, which were challenging to address during the final editorial review process,” said Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, Deputy Editor of the AAO-HNSF’s journals and the David Myers, MD, Professor and Chair, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The journal team also noticed that international attendees often remained after Annual Meeting courses to ask important, thoughtful questions.

The strategic planning team proposed this Annual Meeting Panel Presentation to address specific knowledge gaps and to provide a lengthy question-and-answer period. 

“We realized a better way to partner with our international researchers would be to reach out to them at the beginning of a research endeavor when the scientific question is just being designed,” she said. 

Dr. Schmalbach will present common pitfalls of the submission process. Probably the most common, she said, is lack of hypothesis. “We see this mistake often in large database-driven studies where it turns out to be more of a fishing expedition,” she explained. “And although the information is novel, it often remains unclear as to how the data translates into otolaryngology practice.”

Another common pitfall is the overstated conclusion, Dr. Schmalbach said, “where the authors expand beyond their presented data, and their conclusions are too overreaching to really be meaningful and are not completely substantiated by the study.”

Panelists will provide advice to help with publication with fewer required revisions.  

John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA, Editor in Chief of the AAO-HNSF’s journals and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will share his perspective on the overall review process and suggest which article types are best-suited for the journal. Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM, Deputy Editor-Elect of the AAO-HNSF’s journals and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, whose background is in evidence-based medicine and outcomes research, will provide information on study design and statistics. 

“One of my goals is for the researchers to know that we see this as a partnership, and we value their perspective,” Dr. Schmalbach said. “It is easy to get focused here in the U.S. on diseases that are common to our patients, but there are a host of different challenges and disease entities across the globe from which we can learn.”