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    MedComms Networking - 11 December 2018


    First, a huge thanks to all the representatives of the journal publishers who came along to Oxford last week for our Meet the Publishers event. The video recordings of their talks are all now freely available for anyone at any time, on and on the MedComms YouTube channel. The direct links are as follows:

  • Adis: Portfolio and services for medcomms [23.47] - featuring Jan Seal-Roberts, Publishing Director

  • BMJ: Portfolio and services for medcomms [10.29] - featuring Henry Spilberg, Associate Publisher

  • Future Science Group: Portfolio and services for medcomms [10.49] - featuring Joanne Walker, Head of Publishing Solutions

  • SAGE Publishing: Portfolio and services for medcomms [7.43] - featuring Hamish McDougall, Business Development Manager

  • Taylor and Francis: Portfolio and services for medcomms [10.34] - featuring Mary Yianni, Publisher

  • And we had an enthusiastic audience as well. That always helps a lot, by giving the Speakers a room of people to talk to, which makes for a better video of their talk, but clearly also gave us the opportunity for a lively question and answer session. Whatever we can deliver online with the videos or by using platform and so on, there's nothing as good as getting together in a room with a bunch of experienced and knowledgeable like-minded folks, to discuss and to share and to argue about "stuff". That's the way we learn. That's the way we move forwards.

    Sadly, these days it's getting harder and harder to get lots of you away from your desks. I'm frankly bored of hearing "we're too busy, Peter". So, let's all make a new year's resolution to get out and about and to meet a little more often in 2019. I'll certainly be doing what I can do to provide the opportunities. But none of it works without you joining in. Do let me know any thoughts about how we can do more.

    On that note, I'm looking forward to next week's workshop in London, Optimising training for medical writers, which will be hosted by Steven Walker and his team at Stgilesmedical. Apparently, the mince pies have been baked and the champagne ordered. The room is going to be very full so we're not accepting more registrations, but we'll hopefully have a written summary and slides available afterwards along with a short video highlights report.

    I do, however, intend that in 2019 we'll significantly increase the amount of virtual type activity and again I'd stress, all suggestions are welcome.

    Thursday morning, in preparation for some of what's planned, I'm running a trial virtual workshop with the wannabes. John Dixon will cover some of the basic skills for taking a writing test; be a planner, be clear, be readable, be coherent and be concise. It's a two and a half hour workshop and we were fully booked within hours of announcing it. Fingers crossed. It should be interesting.

    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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