“Conference Abstracts”

  • William F. Whimster


In recent times, “conference abstracts” have fallen into disrepute because some conference organisers have published them whether they were refereed or not, whether they were accepted for the conference or not, and, if accepted, whether the authors had turned up and presented them or not. It may also be impossible to change the abstract before it enters the public domain (under your name) if other participants show your ideas or interpretations to be wrong. Authors have, however, happily included them on their curricula vitae.


  1. Gourgoulianis K, Panagakis A, Tsakraklides V. Anatomy of the IXth European Congress of Pathology Abstracts. Pathology Research and Practice 1985;180:246–8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Waxman BP, Dudley HAF. A critical assessment of the submitted abstracts for the 1982 Winter Meeting of the Surgical Research Society. British Journal of Surgery 1983;70:182.Google Scholar
  3. Whimster WF. Conference previews. British Medical Journal 1988;297:1000.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag London 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. Whimster
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  1. 1.The School of Medicine and DentistryKing’s CollegeLondonUK

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