PUBLICATION OF HISTOLOGY AND EMBRYOLOGY DISSERTATIONS IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS
Asl? Yaylal? MD*
Aim: Producing scientific articles from specialty theses is one of the main indicators of the scientific efficiency of the country. To the best our knowledge the publication status of histology and embryology specialization theses has not been previously reported. The aim of this study was to evaluate the publication rate of articles in scientific journals produced from the dissertations of specialist physicians who completed their education in Histology and Embryology Departments of Medical Faculties in Turkey. Methods: The study included 124 Histology and Embryology dissertations which were published between 1991-2015 from Histology and Embryology departments of all medical faculties in Turkey. These articles were identified in May 2020 from the database of the National Thesis Center of the Council of Higher Education (https://tez.yok.gov.tr/UlusalTezMerkezi/). These dissertations were examined in terms of the following criteria: the year in which they were written, the institution in which the authors were working, the level at which the authors were working in the same department, the number of pages, whether a clinical or experimental study, author gender, the academic title of the thesis advisor, the publication status, publication features and other features of the thesis authors. Results: Of the total 124 Histology and Embryology dissertations written between 1991-2015, 65 (52.4%) were published. Of these 65 studies, 4 were published in SCI (3.2%), 43 in SCI-E (34.7%), 6 in other international indexes, 10 in Ulakbim TR index (8.1%) and 2 in national peer-reviewed journals (1.69%). The thesis writers comprised 46 (56.1%) females and 36 (43.9%) males. The authors of the 65 published theses comprised 42 (64.6%) females and 23 (35.4%) males. The rate of publication of theses written by females was higher than that of males (p=0.018). Conclusion: The rate of publication of dissertations written at the end of Histology and Embryology specialty education was seen to be higher than that of most other medical specialties, and the majority of these published theses had been written by females.
Keywords: Histology and Embryology; Dissertation; Thesis.
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