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International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) European Meeting

The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) European Meeting will be held on 22-23 January 2019, in London.
Drawing from its theme, Scientific Communications in a Fast-Paced World: Fighting Fit for the Future, the meeting will boost the fitness of medical publication professionals. The engaging two-day programme will guide attendees in:
• Harnassing the power of evidence in a data-led future
• Boxing clever: the expanding role of the publication professional
• Ensuring impact and readership for your publications
• Getting ahead of news, views, and controversies
• Looking to the future and adapting to the changing world
• Maintaining integrity and leadership as a publication/communication professional
• Preparing themselves as new medical publication professionals in The Training Zone (added this year)

For more information and to register for the event please visit: www.ismpp.org/european-meeting


World Conferences on Research Integrity

The World Conferences on Research Integrity started in 2007, in Lisbon, and have been convened five times since then. The events have traditionally opened discussions among researchers, educators, policy makers, institutional leaders, funding organizations and scientific journals from all regions of the world. While preparing for the next, sixth conference, the organizers decided to establish a Foundation to promote the continuation of the World Conferences on Research Integrity on a regular schedule, ensuring continuity and dissemination of the declarations and conference materials in a website.

The World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation is managed by a Governing Board whose members serve four-year terms. The Foundation website (https://wcrif.org) contains the archive of all five past conferences (including presentations, videos and policy documents) and the program for the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity, to be held in Hong Kong in 2-5 June 2019 (http://wcri2019.org/index). The call for abstracts is open until October 15, 2018.

World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation: https://wcrif.org

6th World Conference on Research Integrity: Hong Kong, 2-5 June, 2019: http://wcri2019.org/index


Training courses

ncrm_logo2xThe UK National Centre for Research Methods organises a wide range of training courses. They predominantly focus on social sciences but many are relevant to health-related research. The latest courses can be found here

Medical Editors’ short course: 23rd year in Oxford!
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 November 2018
This highly interactive international course helps editors find new solutions to make their journals more successful by encouraging better submissions, making better decisions and raising impact.  Ideal for newly-appointed Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Board members and senior managing editors.

For those unable to attend in person, there is the option of taking the course online

Free online courses

Research conduct and peer review

The Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group have developed a online course Translating Critical Appraisal of a Manuscript into Meaningful Peer Review. It uses mainly eyes and vision examples, but would be useful to any researchers and editors from all specialties who peer review the biomedical literature.

The Global Health Network e-Learning Centre modules are designed to cover every step, process, and issue that needs to be understood in order to conduct high quality research, particularly in low-resource settings.

The Canadian Institute of Gender and Health has produced three online modules to improve the ability of health researchers and peer reviewers to account for sex and gender in the analysis of data from human participants.

BMJ Research to Publication offers two free online modules: writing a protocol, and an introduction to randomised trials

Writing and reporting

The AuthorAID research writing courses are designed to support researchers from developing countries publish their work

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