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Hannah Mace, Scientific Director at Aspire Scientific helps run The Publication Plan, a free news service for publication professionals.


#MedComms Day at The Publication Plan is as busy and varied as usual! We began the day by catching up on the latest goings on at #PubPlan and #medcomms on Twitter; always a great way to find out what’s on the minds of our colleagues and peers across medical publishing. Later in the morning, we checked in with our Facebook followers to update them on the day’s activities. Next up was a post on our LinkedIn group to find out what our members will be doing to mark the day, as well as an article on our website to remind everyone how they can get involved.

After lunch we’ll turn to our ‘usual’ content moderation — reviewing and editing the articles on medical publications news that have been submitted by our talented bunch of writers. From preprints to predatory publishing, and patient centricity to open access, our team covers the length of breadth of medical publishing news, which makes for an interesting afternoon’s reading! Later on we’ll take a comprehensive look across the web and bring together the latest hot topics, debates, guideline updates and upcoming events. With such a range of discussions and activities going on in medical publishing we aim to bring everything together for our readers. Then we’ll round off the day with a final look at the musings of our medical publishing community on Twitter!

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A final message, from our Sponsors

We’re grateful to Concise for supporting our initiative this year. So, as it appears that #MedComms Day 2017 is drawing to a close now, we’ll leave Stan Park, Client Services Director at Concise and based in San Francisco, to have the final word…

The sun is setting on the Pacific Ocean and our team in San Francisco has been following all the #MedComms Day 2017 updates online.  It’s a great feeling to be part of a global community! I’ve included a picture of our office — I managed to get a picture with a sliver of sunshine today, which was no small feat.


Today Concise is Sponsoring – A Day in the Life of MedComms

Many thanks to our Sponsors, Concise. Have you joined in with their online quiz yet? It’s running throughout #MedComms Day 2017. Caroline Buttery, Head of Business Development at Concise has sent in this message from their Hong Kong office.

The 6th annual MedComms Day launched last night, open to anyone and everyone involved in and around MedComms, it aims to capture a representative snapshot of working life in this specialist business. Our team in Hong Kong got us started earlier on today.

The Concise MedComms quiz is live – take a look and see how you get on at

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Over at the support desk, help is on hand

Camila Ocampo, Global Customer Support Manager at Zinc Ahead reports a successful afternoon’s work supporting MedComms agencies here in the UK

Linh Nguyen, one of our customer support administrators based in the UK, received a phone call from a Medcomms Agency. The user had been assigned to upload new material for a new review cycle and she felt unsecure about how to proceed. Linh walked her through the process of uploading material and sent it out for review by either click on the ‘Go’ or ‘Open Access’ button. The agency employee was advised that by clicking on ‘Go’ she would send the job bag out in sequential review, which means that the material would be reviewed by a pre-set order of reviewers. With the ‘Open Access’ approach she would make the job bag available to all reviewers, who would review the job on a first-come-first-serve basis.