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    MedComms Networking - 04 September 2018


    First, a final shout out for next Thursday's Open Careers event in Manchester. Please tell anyone who's interested in coming to contact me ASAP. Thanks. A big crowd is expected again.

    Meanwhile, for any freelancers out there, I'm delighted we'll be joined at our upcoming workshop on 26 September by Steve Doyle, of Linking Business. Steve's a specialist trainer in the use of Linkedin, who will help participants to maximise their use of this powerful networking platform. If you're currently planning on making the move to freelance life then please join us as well. I'll guarantee you'll get the answers to all your questions about freelance life! The discussions amongst the group are always open and valuable. As an aside, for those of you in the agencies, Steve has long experience working on both client and agency sides in and around the pharmaceutical industry and is well placed to help you with your Linkedin strategies as well. If I may be so bold as to say, it seems to me that many of you are vastly under-utilising Linkedin. Just sayin'! Anyway, he'd be happy to hear from you if he can help. Email

    Talking about freelancers, we've just completed our annual survey of subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service. The top line results are now online for everyone and provide a flavour of what and who is involved, and the effectiveness of the service. For information, we sent out 137 work opportunities over the 12 months to 31 August. Inevitably the majority were writing and editorial type opportunities, but please try us for anything; we've a very broad mix of skills and services on offer. You can't lose. I send the message for free and the freelancers contact you directly if they can help. Stupidly simple, surprisingly effective.

    So, what about some suggested reading for your next coffee break. August is over, there's lots appearing now.

    I'm always keen to receive recommendations so do please share yours. This is from Publications Specialist, John Gonzalez; Researcher at the center of an epic fraud remains an enigma to those who exposed him.

    My own favourites from the last few days are:

  • Is Big Pharma really more evil than academia?
  • The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference REDUX

  • Importantly, in case you missed them, these announcements are important:

    The next "new" ABPI Code of Practice arrives in January. The consultation started last week and closes 10 October.

    Today saw the launch of cOALition S, supporting a commitment to ensure that "by 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms." Is this the kick that OA needs in Europe?

    Enjoy your week. Remember, details of our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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