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    MedComms Networking - 23 October 2018


    So, here we are at the beginning of another annual International Open Access Week (October 22-28), and I've posted some new and relevant free #medcomms webcasts at for you to enjoy. We filmed them at last week's Brunch Club meeting, which was hosted by the team responsible for the Open Pharma blog from Oxford PharmaGenesis. Thanks, guys. The four new presentations are as follows:

    Tim Koder, Communications Director, Oxford PharmaGenesis, explains how Open Pharma aims to improve the pharma publications model by connecting pharma with innovations in publishing. [View the free webcast at - 08.20 mins]

    Amy Williams, Senior Account Executive, Oxford PharmaGenesis, provides an update on open access models and the implications for the pharmaceutical industry that might arise from "Plan S". [View the free webcast at - 16.42 mins]

    Tim Ellison, Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis, reviews the growing importance of preprints in medical publishing and explores a number of considerations for the pharmaceutical industry. [View the free webcast at - 10.49 mins]

    Tim Koder, Communications Director, Oxford PharmaGenesis, reviews three solutions that aim to increase transparency, reduce administrative burden and ensure more accountability in publishing. [View the free webcast at - 15.21 mins]

    Lots more free #medcomms webcasts are available free of charge for everyone, everywhere. And more are coming. All feedback and comment welcomed. Check out and please help spread the word. All the videos can also be accessed directly on our MedComms YouTube channel.

    By the way, the Open Pharma team also launched their new Podcast series last week with a first episode that looks at the benefits of open access and how best to avoid predatory publishers, featuring Chris Winchester of Oxford PharmaGenesis and Mary Yianni of Taylor and Francis.

    Meanwhile Medical Publishing Insights and Practices (MPIP), which comprises members of the pharmaceutical industry and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), has just launched a new information resource to raise awareness of open access, including its importance in meeting shared transparency goals.

    There's lots happening all week, representing all sides of the OA debate. For instance, read Open Access: A Look Back from The Scholarly Kitchen, watch Paywall: The Business of Scholarship on YouTube (a tad one-sided but it'll make you think) and follow hashtag #OAWeek on Twitter.

    Looking ahead, but sticking with today's publishing business theme, I'm delighted to confirm we've a complete line up now for our Meet the Publishers event, 5 December in Oxford. Senior representatives from five leading publishers (Adis, BMJ, Future Science Group, SAGE publishing and Taylor and Francis) will tell us about their journals, unique working practices and plans for the coming year. We'll then have a lively panel discussion about current developments and future trends in publishing. Everyone welcome. The presentations will be filmed to add to the collection at

    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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