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    MedComms Networking - 20 June 2017


    We had another three great talks at last week's Brunch Club meeting when Jackie Marchington of Caudex spoke about use of ORCID, managing copyrights and spotting predatory publishers. Jackie's slides are now freely available here and the full webcasts will soon be added to the growing collection at

    We should pass 50 webcasts next month when I'll relaunch the web site as promised. There's some superb content there now, all free of charge for anyone to access from anywhere. And there's lots more coming. Next month we've presentations from Paul Lane of Envision Pharma Group and Gavin Sharrock of John Wiley and Sons. You'll find full programme details here and you're welcome to join us to meet with the speakers. Please just let me know you're coming.

    It's always best to meet face-to-face but these days with pressures on time and finances we can use technology to reach parts and audiences that would have been impossible not long ago.

    So, again with a view towards involving everyone in MedComms, far and near, our first MedComms Virtual Event will be at 13.00 BST on Wednesday 28 June supported by Blue Sky eLearn. An expert panel will discuss Virtual events; trends, best practices and avoiding pitfalls. There's no limit to numbers and I'm keen for you to gather your colleagues together and join in as groups all over the world. Bring in some cake and have your own team meeting on the back of what we're doing. Full details of the programme are now available so sign up here. We're already close to 100 registered delegates from across the MedComms community and hopefully many of those will represent groups gathering together in their own offices, so the total audience on the day could easily become significant. Please help spread the word. All welcome.

    Also note, all being well, there will be a free webinar on 6 July run by the team from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which follows the two specialist roundtable meetings we've held this year to discuss permissions and licensing. So save the date. Everyone welcome. It should be in the afternoon, UK time, on 6 July but just drop me a line if you want more details as soon as they are available.

    Meanwhile new research out today reveals a huge gulf between the information provided by drug companies and what journalists actually need to create their content. The survey, conducted by digital communications platform ISEBOX, reveals that 85 per cent of health journalists view healthcare communications as either "out of shape" or "on life support". Jo Willey and Barbara Grogan will discuss these findings and their implications on 29 June in - yes, you guessed it - another free webinar! Register here.

    Finally, while you sit back and relax, wherever in the world you are, if you're thinking about going freelance then listen in to this a conversation I had last week with Corinne Swainger about her life as a freelance MedComms writer.

    Enjoy your week.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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