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Background: : In 2012 the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) began discussions with an online medical journal - Cureus.com - to develop a portal allowing IPSS members to publish their pediatric simulation work. Work on an IPSS Cureus ‘Channel’ began in November, 2013, and the first article was published in April, 2014. Since that time, IPSS members have been able to publish their work on the IPSS Cureus Channel (www.cureus.com/channels/ipss), taking advantage of the support provided by the IPSS Channel Editors. The user interface for submission involves simple cut-and-paste of text. There is no cost for submission, or publication fees. All publications on the IPSS Cureus Channel are indexed in PubMed, the largest repository of biomedical literature in the world. We conducted the following study to examine the publication activity and impact for the IPSS Cureus Channel from its start to the present.
Research Question: : What is the publication activity and impact for the IPSS Cureus Channel?
Methodology: : Publication activity on the IPSS Cureus Channel was analyzed using the IPSS Cureus Channel’s Administrative Dashboard. Manuscript type, manuscript submission date, date of last activity, publication date, total views, and total downloads for each article were analyzed. Publication impact metrics, including citation number and number of reads, were evaluated using data from ResearchGate.net for each publication.
Results: : A total of 15 articles by 12 first authors were published on the IPSS Cureus Channel from April 18, 2014 to November 20, 2018 (54 months). Ten were Original Articles, four were Technical Reports, and one was a Review Article. Publications on the channel peaked in 2015 and have decreased over time (Figure 1). The 15 articles were viewed a total of 10,794 times (avg. 720 views per article) and downloaded a total of 6,440 times (avg. 429 downloads per article). The highest number of downloads for a single article was 891. The highest number of views for a single article was 4,259. The time from manuscript submission to publication averaged 46 days (SD 28), with 63% of the time is spent in the Peer Review phase (Figure 2). According to ResearchGate.net, the 15 articles have been cited 24 times (avg. 1.6 citations per article) and have been read 836 times (avg. 56 reads per article).
Discussion/Conclusions: : A relatively small number of articles have been published on the IPSS Cureus Channel from 2014 to 2018. Published articles appear to have a large impact in regards to views, download, citations, and reads. Average publication turn around time was less than two months, with the majority of that occurring during the peer review phase of the publication process. Publications on the channel have decreased over time indicating that the channel is underused by IPSS members. Increased member awareness may increase article submissions.