Title

Impact of COVID-19 on Otolaryngology Literature

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-8-2021

Abstract

Objective

To understand the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the volume, quality, and impact of otolaryngology publications.

Methods

Fifteen of the top peer-reviewed otolaryngology journals were queried on PubMed for COVID and non-COVID related articles from April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021 (pandemic period) and pre-COVID articles from the year prior. Information on total number of submissions and rate of acceptance were collected from seven top-ranked journals.

Results

Our PubMed query returned 759 COVID articles, 4885 non-COVID articles, and 4200 pre-COVID articles, corresponding to a 34% increase in ENT publications during the pandemic period. Meta-analysis/reviews and miscellaneous publication types made up a larger portion of COVID publications than that of non-COVID and pre-COVID publications. Compared to pre-COVID articles, citations per article 120 days after publication and Altmetric attention score were higher in both COVID articles (citations/article: 2.75 ± 0.45, p

Conclusions

COVID-19 was associated with an increase in volume, citations, and attention for both COVID and non-COVID articles compared to pre-COVID articles. However, COVID articles were associated with lower evidence levels than non-COVID and pre-COVID articles.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Chillakuru, Y. R., Gerhard, E. F., Shim, T., Selesnick, S. H., Lustig, L. R., Krouse, J. H., Hanna, E. Y., Smith, T. L., Fisher, E. W., Kerschner, J. E., & Monfared, A. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Otolaryngology Literature. The Laryngoscope, 10.1002/lary.29902. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.29902, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.29902. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.

Publication Title

The Laryngoscope

DOI

10.1002/lary.29902

Academic Level

faculty

Mentor/PI Department

Surgery

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