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    MedComms Networking - 08 March 2016


    How many of you were at the 15th Annual International Publication Planning meeting in San Diego last week? If not, get a flavour from the summary report posted yesterday by Oxford PharmaGenesis. I've not seen anything else published from that meeting yet, so if you were there and know of any more reports, or are preparing one yourself, do send me details. It's good to get some insights from those who can get to these events.

    I particularly noticed this point; "A session on current experience with the 'Sunshine Act' included the results of a survey of 28 companies on their reporting of Transfers of Value (ToV) related to providing medical writing support for authors. The results showed no consensus in what sort of articles (if any) should be subject to ToV declarations, or how and when the sum for ToV should be calculated; this remains a thorny topic."

    Ah yes, thorny indeed! Roll on the European data roll out coming to a database near you in just a few weeks now.

    Next up for the publication planning specialists is the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP, Medical Publications in a Data-Rich World: Enhancing Quality and Transparency in April which you can still get Early Bird prices for. Sadly I won't be there so if you're going please share the news.

    Meanwhile, Oxford PharmaGenesis have done themselves - and the MedComms community generally - proud with last month's publication in BMJ Open, Professional medical writing support and the quality of randomised controlled trial reporting: a cross-sectional study. Importantly, for me, they didn't sit back and just say "job done" once the paper was published. They've pushed it out and followed what's happened;

  • article viewed more than 2000 times in the first 10 days
  • in top 3 most viewed articles out of the 151 publications in the journal that month, despite having only 8 days to accrue data
  • based on a combination of online attention and sharing on social media, is in the top 5 percent of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

    Not bad! Importantly they're now running a Flash Survey this week to gather feedback from the wider community about the potential impact of such work. I'd encourage you to take 5 minutes and offer them your thoughts.


    As a community surely we should conduct more such research, find ways of achieving full - and open access - publication and most importantly use all means at our collective disposal to share that data widely? If you're generating relevant data then do please feel free to use me and the various MedComms Networking platforms to help share it. We all benefit.

    Don't forget, if any of this tracking of publications interests you - and it should for many of you - Altmetric are running an event with our support, Research with Results: tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma on 19 April in London. See you there!

    Have a good week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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