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    MedComms Networking - 19 July 2016


    Firstly today, we've now posted the webcasts from our last Brunch Club meeting. These have been added to the library we're building at You'll find the individual videos are freely available as follows:

    Editing: things they don't tell you about what journal editors want by Pippa Smart

    What is EASE up to now? by Pippa Smart

    EASE Conference 2016 - highlights by Rachael Lammey

    History of EASE - EASE is the European Association of Science Editors by Rachael Lammey

    These are all synchronised videos of the specialist speakers with their slides, freely accessible, full of good content presented in "bite-size chunks", which you can access whenever it suits you. They can be also be used as the basis, for instance, of your own Lunch and Learn activities, streaming the videos to catalyse discussion sessions within your own teams. Use them as you want. It's early days yet but we're slowly and surely building a broad library of topics. Feel free to pick and choose those that are useful to you. I'd welcome suggestions for topics and speakers and feel free to nominate yourself if you have something relevant to talk about!

    Our next Brunch meeting will be 3 August when two Sponsors of, AMICULUM and Darwin Healthcare Communications, will present their positions on "what MedComms means to us, what we do, how we do it, what makes us different". Please tell anyone who wants to work in MedComms that they're welcome to attend.

    Secondly today, you may have seen that the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) recently published the latest issue of their journal, Medical Writing, with a Medical Communications theme (note, their feature articles are open access). They're now working on a follow-up issue with a focus on Medical Education. The Guest Editor is Amy Whereat and she says "medical writers are well placed to create high quality scientific material for both patients and health providers. To this end, I'm calling for articles about best practice, case studies, experience in medical education from the academic, independent and sponsored arenas so please contact me on email if you'd like to contribute. The journal is peer reviewed and referenced so offers good kudos for authors." Note the deadline is 12 September.

    Thirdly today, here are some new articles about Impact Factors. Frankly, at least it always seems to me, the vested interests here ensure nothing changes very fast but my impression is finally some useful disruption is on the horizon. What do you think?

    Thomson Reuters defends its controversial Journal Impact Factor

    There's a problem with the way that we're ranking scientific journals from Science Alert

    With a new owner, the hated 'journal impact factor' is overdue for a change from STAT

    Enjoy your week, everyone. I'm off to pick up the kids shortly. Yes, oh joy, the Summer school holidays have well and truly begun in the UK. Apparently I'm chasing Pokemons this afternoon. I've no idea what that means, so wish me luck! Roll on September!


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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