Volume 106, Issue 7 p. 814-814
This month on Twitter
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This month on Twitter

R. C. Grossman

R. C. Grossman

BJS Editor Assistant

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Amersham, UK

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First published: 04 June 2019
Citations: 2

In April, @bjsurgery generated 226 600 impressions, 553 retweets and 849 likes. BJS was delighted to welcome Cirurgia Geral e Trauma HC-FMUSP from Sao Paulo, Brazil (@geral_trauma_HC) as follower number 20 000.

Vollenbrock et al.'s study on the use of MRI for the assessment of response to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy in oesophageal cancer stimulated a lively debate on Twitter1. @MarkarSheraz expressed surprise that it was published with 51 patients and specificity ranging to 25 per cent for detection of residual disease. Arfon Powell (@PowArG07) suggested that this may lead to larger multicentre studies, but considered the grouping together of the biologically different squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma to be a limitation. He also commented that the MRI timings ranged from 17 to 65 days after completion of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, which may result in the missed delayed effects seen in some cancers. @polom_karol commented that multicentre studies are challenging in this field, but the consensus was that the future may lie in the use of ‘big data’.

An important discussion was held on Twitter about the gender balance of journal editorial boards, as this does not tend to reflect the diversity among surgeons in general. Andrew De Beaux (@acdebeaux) lamented on the lack of women putting themselves forward for such positions, and this resulted in a helpful conversation on how best to encourage and welcome women into such roles.

Andrew De Beaux2, @sbiondo603 and @ksoreide4 all posted tweets celebrating the high Altmetric scores of their respective papers. This led to a discussion on the value and accuracy of these metrics.

Ramsay et al.'s study on mortality rates in Scotland following the introduction of the WHO checklist5 was tweeted about by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and discussed in the House of Commons by Dr Philippa Whitford MP and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. This study was mentioned in the BBC News, The Herald and The Times, and achieved an Altmetric score of 275. This score ranks ninth out of 3282 outputs from BJS. Another paper on patient safety that was widely shared was Boyd-Carson et al.'s study on the association between surgeon special interest and mortality after emergency laparotomy using NELA data6.

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