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Table 3 Full text publication vs unpublished papers (N = 621)

From: Analysis of full-text publication and publishing predictors of abstracts presented at an Italian public health meeting (2005–2007)

  Full text publication Unpublished p value
N % N %
Affiliation
 University 120 28.4 302 71.6 <0.005
 Non Universitary hospitals 3 3.2 90 96.8
 Local Public Health Institution 5 15.2 28 84.8
 Other 18 24.7 55 75.3
Topics
 Food and nutrition 15 22.4 52 77.6 <0.005
 Environment 13 27.7 34 72.3
 Health education 21 21.6 76 78.4
 Chronic disease 20 37.0 34 63.0
 Infectious disease 16 18.4 71 81.6
 Dental hygiene 5 71.4 2 28.6
 Hospital hygiene 9 15.8 48 84.2
 Miscellaneous 13 26.0 37 74.0
 Organization 17 14.2 103 85.8
 Vaccine 17 48.6 18 51.4
Year
 2005 42 22.5 145 77.5 0.909
 2006 41 23.6 133 76.4
 2007 63 24.2 197 75.8
Abstract
 Oral 54 36.2 95 63.8 <0.005
 Poster 92 19.5 380 80.5
Geographic area
 Northern Italy 53 25.1 158 74.9 0.568
 Central Italy 60 21.5 219 78.5
 Southern Italy 33 25.2 98 74.8
First author gender
 Male 62 20.7 237 79.3 0.216
 Female 84 26.4 234 73.6
Study design
 Sperimental 21 33.3 42 66.7 0.051
 Observational descriptive 47 18.5 207 81.5
 Observational analytical 67 25.9 192 74.1
 Revision 11 25 33 75
Results
 Negative 4 9.8 37 90.2 <0.005
 Positive 121 26.9 329 73.1
 Not evaluable 21 16.3 108 83.7
Sample size
 ≤100 47 21.4 173 78.6 0.342
 >100 99 24.7 301 75.3  
Total score
 Medium 30 16.1 156 83.9 <0.005
 High 78 24.0 248 76.0
 Very high 38 35.0 71 65.0