5. Achieving Publication and Impact for a Delphi Consensus
Attaining peer-reviewed publication following a Delphi Consensus is not always assured, although it is often necessary to establish credibility and help facilitate transformative change. Failing to diligently pursue this recognition runs the risk of the study going unnoticed and having no real impact.
To enhance the likelihood of successful publication, it is imperative to employ high-quality, scientifically precise writing. Recommendations should be actionable and underpinned by the evidence developed via the expert consensus and care should be taken not to overstate (e.g. a recommendation based on a statement that achieved 98% consensus is more confidently made than on a statement with 75%).
Additionally, transparency is paramount. While there are well documented strengths of Delphi Consensus as a research approach and when designed well can be considered scientifically robust, there will be limitations. Understanding these, recognising where in the process the risk of bias may be a concern and sharing detail around how this was mitigated is well appreciated by peer-review teams at well-regarded journals.
In tandem with publishing the study, effective communication materials that convey the Delphi Consensus results through various channels can substantially enhance a campaign’s efficacy. Activities such as poster presentations, video abstracts, Consensus summaries and slide kits are just a few examples of communication tools that help amplify impact.
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