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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 25 July 2017


    We've run many meetings now under this MedComms Networking banner, of various sizes and formats, and the objectives vary massively, too. They're all valuable, at least for attendees, but sometimes you'd be forgiven for thinking, "so, what..?" I particularly like seeing real results and tangible benefits, and to see ongoing, longer term activity develop between different stakeholders in and around medcomms. We can, and do, and should, always strive to make a difference.

    This year we've successfully collaborated with the US-based team at Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC) several times (indeed this year's activities had their origins in activities in past years) and the outputs should be of interest to the wider medcomms community.

    A meeting of medcomms editorial specialists was held on 15 March in London and the slides and report made freely available.

    We then ran a follow up meeting on 24 May in London with representatives from leading publishers, which was then reviewed in an open webinar on 6 July. The recording of that webinar is freely available.

    Now an overview written report of the 24 May event has also been published and made freely available in PDF format for you.

    We're working on follow up meetings with CCC in New York later this year and back in London in 2018, so this is definitely a work in progress.

    It means the medcomms community has input directly into plans CCC have for Rightslink and other products but, just as importantly, it's also building bridges with the important group of rights and permissions specialists within publishing companies. I'll happily admit my own ignorance of the complexities of this topic but I do know we'll all win by developing better understanding about each other's points of view and activities. So, my thanks to the many involved and please feel free to ping an email to Brian Goode at CCC if you'd like to participate more directly, using email

    It's also a reminder of the global nature of this community; I'll continue to strive to find ways of reaching all parts! Watch this space and please help spread the word.

    On that note, I can confirm the date for our 2nd Virtual MedComms event, following the success of our first one in June (Virtual Events; Trends, Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls - recorded 28 June 2017). For now, save the date - 18 October at 13.00 BST - and I'll keep you informed about the topic and panellists. With ongoing support from the team at Blue Sky eLearn we'll run these virtual meetings thereafter on a regular, quarterly, basis. All feedback and suggestions for future topics and speakers/panellists are welcomed.

    To finish this week, and to follow previous news of how an Australian dog serves on the editorial boards of seven medical journals, you might like to read how predatory journals have now been hit by a 'Star Wars' sting. Enjoy. And maybe watch Jackie Marchington from Caudex explain how to spot possibly questionable journals in this presentation on


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