MPIP launches The Enhanced Publication Options Navigator
The new Enhanced Publication Options Navigator (EPON) has launched to expand and replace the Open Access Journal Tool for Industry (OA-JTI). The latest resource provides detailed information on open access (OA) publishing, enhanced publication content (EPC), and plain language summaries (PLS) not readily available on journal websites. Use this free and unique resource to search for publishing options from more than 450 journals.
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Diversifying Journal Ratings to Promote Transparency and Reproducibility
The Center for Open Science (COS) recently launched its Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Factor to help improve the reproducibility of scientific research. David Mellor, Director of Policy Initiatives at COS, provides insight into how TOP Factor transcends traditional journal impact metrics by rating journals’ policies on transparent research practices. Visit the Transparency and Data Sharing Blog to find out more about journals that implement the TOP open science standards and advocate for measures that promote greater transparency.
Developed in collaboration with medical journal editors, MPIP Insights for Authors is a series of short videos to support authors and publications professionals in developing industry–sponsored research publications. MPIP Insights for Authors contains guidance and best practices for all stages of the publication process, from first draft development to navigating the peer-review system.
When MPIP was initially established 12 years ago, there was a clear mission to collaborate with editors and societies to elevate trust, transparency, and integrity in reporting the results of industry-sponsored research. Through independent research, industry–journal roundtables, and multidisciplinary collaboration, MPIP fulfilled its mission of enhancing the understanding of issues and challenges in reporting the results of industry-sponsored research and developed tools to improve transparency and credibility. Since that time, the publishing business model has changed significantly and MPIP’s unique unmet need is no longer clear.
After a careful review of the MPIP mission, progress against our goals, and the current environment, MPIP sponsors have decided to conclude program activities as of December 31, 2020. The good news is that ISMPP has agreed to preserve the MPIP resources—they will continue to be accessible for publication professionals and authors on this site. Stay tuned for further updates from ISMPP throughout this transition.
On behalf of the MPIP sponsors, thank you for your support of this important mission.
Revised Disclosure Reporting Recommendations From the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
The ICMJE recently updated the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. The updates include concrete advice to help authors provide accurate and full disclosures of all relationships and activities that may be perceived to influence their work. Alongside these changes, the ICMJE proposed changes to their disclosure form to further promote transparency and trust (Taichman DB, et al. 2020 ). Notably, the ICMJE proposes including a checklist designed for authors to review their disclosures and have confidence that they supplied the right level of information. The ICMJE also reports that member journals will begin to accept disclosures from web-based repositories, such as Convey®. The ICMJE will review feedback and comments on the form until April 30, 2020.
Transparency Matters is a global educational platform and call to action that raises awareness of the importance of transparency in reporting the results of industry-sponsored research and its impact on credibility. As part of Transparency Matters, MPIP launched What Transparency Means to Me to broaden the conversation around transparency in medical publications, promote best practices, and engage interested parties in this important mission. This platform creates a space for those involved in reporting research results to share their perspectives on why transparency is essential to patient care, scientific understanding, and credibility, and how it can best be achieved when disclosing research results.
Medical Publishing Insights & Practices (MPIP) was founded in 2008 by members of the pharmaceutical industry and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) to elevate trust, transparency, and integrity in reporting the results of industry-sponsored research. The major goal of MPIP is to encourage more effective partnership between trial sponsors and medical journals to raise standards in medical publications and expand access to research results.