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This global initiative facilitates networking and dialogue amongst individuals working in and around the pharmaceutical industry and MedComms, focusing on specialist medical education, medical communications and medical publishing activities.
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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 24 October 2017


    First, another request for help. This is from Cate Foster (Watermeadow Medical)...

    "We've had best practice for publications for a while now, and these mentioned conference materials, but mainly as an aside. As conference offerings grow, the need for some general principles and guidance has increased. A small group, who first met at a MedComms Networking event, have now come up with proposed guidelines, and these have just been posted on PeerJ Preprints. Constructive comments are welcomed: the plan is to use any comments in a version that will be submitted to a journal shortly (with the usual challenge of keeping the word count under control), so if you have thoughts on this, please comment on the preprint, preferably in the next month or so."

    [Read the preprint here]

    Meanwhile, don't forget last week's request for help, from Jackie Marchington (Caudex) and Claire Inness (highfield:communication) who've developed a short online survey to aid ongoing discussions with publishers and the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) about more refined pricing structures for bulk permission requests.

    [Complete the survey here (closing date 31 October)]

    It's great to see concrete examples of what happens when we meet face-to-face at MedComms Networking events, but it's not always possible to get everyone in a room together. Hence the need for more online activity. Our Second Virtual MedComms event last week saw more than 200 people sign in and at least some did so on behalf of a room full of colleagues, so the total audience was much larger. Yes, we had some technical problems, and it was certainly another learning experience for me, but the final result was some useful discussion and the archived video, along with an overview report, is now freely available:

    [View the recorded event here] and [read a summary report here].

    Many thanks to Blue Sky eLearn for supporting us and to EPG Health for sharing their research.

    All being well our third Virtual MedComms event will be on 1 March 2018 at 13.00 GMT. The topic and speakers are yet to be confirmed so all suggestions and volunteers are welcomed. Meanwhile, save yourself a seat here and tell everyone you know.

    Talking of spreading the word, my apologies for messing around with the dates but the two upcoming Lunch and Learn events in November, supported by Concise, are now definitely as follows:



    Please tell all relevant others. I'm keen to gauge interest in these areas for more activities so all feedback is welcome, whether you're joining us or not.

    Finally and importantly note we'll be joined by Karen Borrer, Head of Reputation at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) who'll talk about Disclosure, what it is and why we're doing it, at our next Brunch Club meeting on 1 November. We'll film the talks as usual, but it really is so much better to meet face-to-face if we can. Please join us.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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