Churchill Communications’ president Frank Rodino chaired a workshop entitled “Publication Transparency: Guidelines, Settlements, and Unintended Consequences.” Held in conjunction with the 2010 CBI publication planning conference in Philadelphia, the workshop was attended by more than 40 publication professionals from biopharmaceutical companies, publication agencies, and medical journals.
· Explored current guidelines and recent settlements about transparency from the perspectives of the company, agency, and journal
· Prepared a series of SOPs for interacting with contributors
· Designed effective strategies for implementing SOPs
· Discussed the unintended consequences of transparency policies and ethical ways of addressing a more robust policy of openness
The workshop was designed to encourage participants to think beyond their comfort zones and to learn from peers involved in different aspects of the publishing process. At various points during the workshop, participants were required to view transparency from the perspectives of pharmaceutical company publication manager, a publications agency project manager, and a journal editor.