Dive into the Digital Age to Boost Your Publishing Potential

Tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, and other social media outlets can help you engage with colleagues about important scientific issues and broaden the impact of your findings. It’s also a useful tool to promote ideas for future exploration.

“Just like everything else in the world, science has become much more interactive,” said Jennifer C. Romano, MD, from the Congenital Heart Center at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Romano and Joanna Y. Chikwe, MD, from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will co-moderate The Annals Academy session that will feature a crash course in using social media to increase your research impact. 

“Social media can help us go beyond just reporting the data,” Dr. Romano said. “It can help you and other leaders in the field engage in conversations about what the research findings mean and the next steps.”

Jennifer C. Romano, MD

Jennifer C. Romano, MD

With the goal of helping surgeons effectively present their clinical data to the largest possible audience, Sunday’s session also will offer accelerated coaching from leading experts on how to write and publish high-impact research. “Often, just a little extra help and thought at the planning, analysis, and writing stages can turn a study that very few people will read into a much more impactful one,” Dr. Chikwe said. “The Annals Academy is designed to give surgeons that extra bit of help.” 

The Annals Academy: The Editor’s Pick—Top Papers and Why

Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Room 211

Speakers also will offer insights on the journal submission process, including how to design studies, craft manuscripts, respond to reviewer comments, and write more powerful papers using national datasets. 

“A tremendous number of publications result from the STS National Database,” Dr. Romano said. “Because the Database is so massive (more than 8 million records), it’s easy to analyze a variety of things and produce statistically significant findings. The challenge is coming up with something that’s clinically significant and relevant to enhance what we can learn.” 

Experts will share their viewpoints on invited editorials and how those can help advance research, too. Details on who gets invited to write editorials and commentaries, how to take advantage of this opportunity, and best practices for writing an invited editorial will be presented.

The Annals is very different and more dynamic today than the print journal of previous years,” said Dr. Romano. “This session will help you understand how to take advantage of all The Annals has to offer.” 

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