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Trends in academic productivity in the COVID-19 era: analysis of neurosurgical, stroke neurology, and neurointerventional literature.
Lee, Jae Eun; Mohanty, Alina; Albuquerque, Felipe C; Couldwell, William T; Levy, Elad I; Benzel, Edward C; Wakhloo, Ajay K; Hirsch, Joshua A; Fiorella, David; Fargen, Kyle M; Burkhardt, Jan-Karl; Srinivasan, Visish M; Johnson, Jeremiah; Mokin, Maxim; Kan, Peter.
  • Lee JE; Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Mohanty A; Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Albuquerque FC; Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Couldwell WT; Department of Neurosurgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • Levy EI; Neurosurgery, Jacobs School of Medicine University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA.
  • Benzel EC; Neurosurgery, Gates Vascular Institute at Kaleida Health, Buffalo, New York, USA.
  • Wakhloo AK; Department of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  • Hirsch JA; Neurointerventional Radiology, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Fiorella D; NeuroEndovascular Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Fargen KM; Department of Neurosurgery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA.
  • Burkhardt JK; Department of Radiology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA.
  • Srinivasan VM; Neurological Surgery and Radiology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
  • Johnson J; Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Mokin M; Department of Neurosurgery, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • Kan P; Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
J Neurointerv Surg ; 12(11): 1049-1052, 2020 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-809207
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

Academic physicians aim to provide clinical and surgical care to their patients while actively contributing to a growing body of scientific literature. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in procedural-based specialties across the United States witnessing a sharp decline in their clinical volume and surgical cases.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of COVID-19 on neurosurgical, stroke neurology, and neurointerventional academic productivity.

METHODS:

The study compared the neurosurgical, stroke neurology, and neurointerventional academic output during the pandemic lockdown with the same time period in previous years. Editors from a sample of neurosurgical, stroke neurology, and neurointerventional journals provided the total number of original manuscript submissions, broken down by months, from the year 2016 to 2020. Manuscript submission was used as a surrogate metric for academic productivity.

RESULTS:

8 journals were represented. The aggregated data from all eight journals as a whole showed that a combined average increase of 42.3% was observed on original submissions for 2020. As the average yearly percent increase using the 2016-2019 data for each journal exhibited a combined average increase of 11.2%, the rise in the yearly increase for 2020 in comparison was nearly fourfold. For the same journals in the same time period, the average percent of COVID-19 related publications from January to June of 2020 was 6.87%.

CONCLUSION:

There was a momentous increase in the number of original submissions for the year 2020, and its effects were uniformly experienced across all of our represented journals.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research / Universities / Coronavirus Infections / Stroke / Efficiency / Pandemics / Neurology / Neurosurgery Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research / Universities / Coronavirus Infections / Stroke / Efficiency / Pandemics / Neurology / Neurosurgery Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: J Neurointerv Surg Year: 2020

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research / Universities / Coronavirus Infections / Stroke / Efficiency / Pandemics / Neurology / Neurosurgery Subject: Pneumonia, Viral / Research / Universities / Coronavirus Infections / Stroke / Efficiency / Pandemics / Neurology / Neurosurgery Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: J Neurointerv Surg Year: 2020
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