Annual Meeting Report

Getting Out of the Reporting Rut


MODERATOR: Julie Vo Senior Editorial Coordinator American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics Alexandria, Virginia SPEAKERS: Christine Melchione Adams Publications Coordinator American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Alexandria, Virginia Jason Roberts Senior Partner Origin Editorial Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Morgan Sorenson Managing Editor Neurology: Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflamation American Academy of Neurology Minneapolis, Minnesota REPORTER: Meghan McDevitt Managing Editor The Journal of Pediatrics Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, Ohio Editorial offices are often asked to provide reports, perhaps annually for an editorial board meeting or ad hoc when requested by an editor. But are these reports being used effectively to influence better editorial decisions? This practical session on editorial office reporting provided attendees with an overview of reporting practices, pitfalls and how to avoid them, and case‐based examples. Jason Roberts, Senior Partner at Origin Editorial, began by discussing the many reasons reports are run and used, such as to monitor progress, set benchmarks, or to anticipate or plan for future developments. However, running a report, obtaining the data required, and analyzing it is not always simple. Many problems exist in editorial office reporting including placing too much meaning on too few data points, overusing a solitary average (rather than a mean and range), and ignoring confounders when interpreting the data. Additionally, a lack of industry standards makes it impossible to compare data across journals. Many editorial offices also experience a lack of continuity between the reports run year-to-year, and thus have no historical context for the data they’re trying to interpret. […]

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