Jackie Marchington, Director of Global Operations at Caudex, presents a paper, “Good Practice for Conference Abstracts and Presentations: GPCAP”, published in Research Integrity and Peer Review.
Recorded 21 October 2019 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
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Good Practice for Conference Abstracts and Presentations: GPCAP
Research that has been sponsored by pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies is often presented at scientific and medical conferences. However, practices vary between organizations and it can be difficult to follow both individual conference requirements and good publication practice guidelines. Until now, no specific guidelines or recommendations have been available to describe best practice for conference presentations.
This document was developed by a working group of publication professionals and uploaded to PeerJ Preprints for consultation prior to publication; an additional 67 medical societies, medical conference sites and conference companies were also asked to comment. The resulting recommendations aim to complement current good publication practice and authorship guidelines, outline the general principles of best practice for conference presentations and provide recommendations around authorship, contributorship, financial transparency, prior publication and copyright, to conference organizers, authors and industry professionals.
While the authors of this document recognize that individual conference guidelines should be respected, they urge organizers to consider authorship criteria and data transparency when designing submission sites and setting parameters around word/character count and content for abstracts. It is also important to recognize that conference presentations have different limitations to full journal publications, for example, in the case of limited audiences that necessitate refocused abstracts, or where lead authors do not speak the local language, and these have been acknowledged accordingly. The authors also recognize the need for further clarity regarding copyright of previously published abstracts and have made recommendations to assist with best practice.
By following Good Practice for Conference Abstracts and Presentations: GPCAP recommendations, industry professionals, authors and conference organizers will improve consistency, transparency and integrity of publications submitted to conferences worldwide.
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Full details of this MedComms Networking event are at http://medcommsnetworking.com/event_211019.html
Jackie’s presentation (PDF format) is at http://www.medcommsnetworking.com/presentations/marchington_211019.pdf
Jackie’s Linkedin page is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiemarchington/
More about Caudex can be found at http://www.caudex.com/
More about GPCAP can be found at https://gpcap.org
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