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    MedComms Networking - 08 October 2019


    First, a big shout out to Philip Loder and his colleagues at Ogilvy Health who are now sponsoring MedComms Networking activity. Huge kudos to you. And indeed to all the current Sponsors. Without their help I simply couldn't do all this in the way we do it; making so much valuable resource so freely accessible to so many. And so much more is possible. If you'd like to join this elite group of leading MedComms companies, please give me a shout at any time.

    Second, another shout out to Ffyona Dawber (CEO and Founder), Jill Daws (Client Services Director) and Billy Jenkins (Senior Scientific Editor) at Synergy Vision for participating in last week's free #MedComms webinar, The 4 day MedComms working week in practice.

    They talked very openly about introducing an industry-leading 4 day working week for everyone in their agency. The challenges they faced. The benefits that resulted for their staff. Throughout the 6 month, 4 day working week experiment, staff were regularly surveyed to track happiness (UP!), anxiety (DOWN!), overtime hours worked (DOWN!), positive feelings about 4 day working week (UP!). And staff retention has increased and productivity hasn't declined as measured by billable hours - so essentially productivity per hour has increased. Everyone works "smarter".

    Can it really work so well? Watch the recording (40.23 minutes) and see what you think.

    Tomorrow's webinar topic is Social Media: A Useful Tool or a Distraction in Medical Publications?, featuring Lynda Chang, Beatrice Vetter-Ceriotti and Tamalette Loh of Complete HealthVizion. Please help spread the word. Once again, gather your team and share some cake. Get everyone involved. See you there.

    Meanwhile we're fast approaching Open Access 2019 week and we'd like to celebrate a little here in Oxford, in the real-world, on 21 October with several MedComms authors presenting their published papers around the topic of open access publication of pharmaceutical industry research and the role of professional medical writers. Join us for our Research Roundup - advancing the publishing of pharmaceutical industry research. Good company and a free lunch included!

    On a similar note, also supported by the Open Pharma team, Oxford-based folks might be interested in this Pint of Science evening event, 'Clinical trial transparency - let's talk' on Wednesday 23 October at St Aldate's Tavern in town.

    So to finish, a couple of publications-based suggestions for your next coffee break...

    A guide to applying the Good Publication Practice 3 guidelines in the Asia-Pacific region has just been published in Research Integrity and Peer Review, authored by Blair Hesp and colleagues.

    And I thought this recent Research paper was interesting in the bmj, apart from anything else for the animated video abstract. I still see very few enhancements of journal articles, or am I just not looking in the right places? Let me know if you've examples to share.

    Remember, details of all 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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