Over the years, Open Medicine authors have taken a strong interest in research ethics and particularly the dangers of overly-close or conflicted relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As you may have intuited from the "closed for submissions" notice on our home page, for a variety of reasons Open Medicine is going to be closing up shop over the next couple of months.
We'll get into the ways that the medical publishing market has changed and the positive ways in which options for open access have blossomed in the years since Open Medicine began, as an upstart and a groundbreaker in the field. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for new, typically topical research articles as well as for our editorial on the reasons we have made this difficult but ultimately, we think, correct decision.
Meanwhile, the issues of access, ethics and transparency that have been drivers of our work have changed but remain critically important and often concerning. Today's article in the Toronto Star on problems with proper and conscientious reporting of side effects in clinical trials is just another piece of evidence that they're issues that need ongoing research, reporting and oversight.Topics: side effectsdrug trialsmedical researchOpen AccessOpen Medicine
Please consider nominating a colleague for the Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences!
The Louise Darling Medal is presented annually to recognize distinguished achievement in collection development in the health sciences. The award was established in 1987 and first awarded in 1988, with a contribution by Ballen Booksellers International, Inc. The recipient receives an engraved medal, a certificate, and a $1,000 cash award.
If you want to nominate a deserving colleague, please go to www.mlanet.org/awards/honors/ for more information and online nomination forms. The deadline for applications is November 1. Please contact jury chair Virginia Carden at virginia.carden[atsign]duke[dot]edu with any questions.
Don’t forget there are a whole bunch of other awards https://www.mlanet.org/about/awards-and-honors recognizing MLA members hard work. So if you are drawing a blank on somebody for the Darling Medal, perhaps there is somebody you know who totally deserves another award like the Beatty Volunteer award, the Colaianni award, Murray Gottlieb prize (no winner in 2014), or any other from the list.
These awards are not automatic. They rely on you to nominate people for them. IF nobody qualified is nominated then the award/prize goes unawarded that year. I hate seeing awards go unawarded because I know there is somebody deserving of it, they just weren’t nominated and missed out. So if you know somebody or you think you deserve an award, go for it.Share on Facebook