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    MedComms Networking - 19 June 2018


    Two important news updates this week.

    First, last week's Brunch Club meeting was excellent. The four speakers covered a lot of useful practical topics, which should be of interest to many of you involved in publications work. All four webcasts are now freely available to view, however and whenever you like from wherever in the world you are, at along with the rest of the library (more than 100 videos now) or watch them directly on our MedComms YouTube channel (243 subscribers and 42,570 views to date) as follows:

    What's right in copyright and permissions? A publishers' perspective - Sam Wilkinson, Senior Editor at Taylor & Francis, outlines the principles of copyright and how to seek appropriate permissions, and provides useful tips for medical writers (view now, 16.44 mins).

    Open access 101 - Elizabeth Knowles, Associate Editorial Director at Taylor & Francis, explains the principles of open access and the different licence options and open access models, and touches briefly on open data (view now, 13.23 mins).

    The submission process from the publisher's point of view - Jonathan Patience, Senior Editor at Taylor & Francis, outlines the pathway to publication; encompassing the initial decision, peer review, revision and acceptance (view now, 19.53 mins).

    Preprints and peer review - feedback from the 14th Annual Meeting of ISMPP - Mary Yianni, Publisher at Taylor & Francis, reviews the different models of peer review and explains the emerging role of pre-prints in biomedical sciences (view now, 20.10 mins).

    Meanwhile and very importantly, we've just launched the third in what is now a growing series of valuable, annual, MedComms careers guides.

    Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing has been written by Linda Harrison, a freelance HEOR/market access consultant and writer. This new guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.


    The first edition is always a painful one! Now it's out, we're keen to hear your feedback. And please pass on details to anyone you know who's interested in or around a career in MedComms.

    You can also tell them we've still space at next week's Careers event in London, on 27 June. More than 100 delegates signed up already and 50 or so MedComms specialists. Should be fun.

    Now, I've got to run. We've our lunch and learn with Veeva, talking about Vault PromoMats, managing the process of medical content review and the transition from established Zinc platforms. That should be interesting.

    Enjoy your week meanwhile.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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