Similar to most professions, one particular experience that is always rewarding is having the opportunity to attend and participate in professional conferences. Once again, Succinct attended the ISMPP annual meeting to learn about and discuss all of the advancements that the evolving field of medical publications has made over the past year. This year marked the largest ISMPP meeting to date, surpassing 600 attendees and supporting 51 poster presentations. Louise Carrington, Client Partnerships Lead, joined myself and Regina Switzer, Divisional Director, Chicago, in Maryland for 3 days of education and networking. While Louise and Regina staffed our busy booth in the exhibit hall, I spent my time attending lectures, viewing posters and talking with my fellow medical publishers from around the world.
Along with some of the more general themes, such as handling journal rejections, streamlining the publication process and navigating the complexities of global copyright, several new and exciting areas of advancement in our field were discussed.
Hot topics at ISMPP this year included:
- Is there a place for preprints in publishing clinical data?
- Patient involvement and lay-person summaries in publications
- The requirements and impact of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the publication world