Med Comms SIG

All members:


Co-chaired by Slavka Baronikova and Andrea Rossi.

Committee Members:

Andrea Bucceri and Thomas Schindler.


SIG Supporting Members:

Amanda Whereat-Terdjman, Anna Sofia Correia, Art Gertel, Beatrix Doerr, Chris Winchester, Claire Harmer, Irena Zurnic Bonisch, John Gonzalez, Lisa Chamberlain-James, Martin Delahunty, Martina Colucci, Namrata Singh, Priti Nagda, Sampoorna Rappaz, Sara Rubio, Uma Swanitathan.

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MedComm SIG objectives:

The Medical Communications Special Interest Group (MedComm SIG) intends to support wide medical communication activities including scientific disclosure & publications, communication with the general public, and to act as a source of affordable and updated information.

Latest news and activities

Subgroups and topics

Scientific Publishing

  • Key subgroup members: Andrea BucceriThomas Schindler, Lisa Chamberlain JamesArt Gertel, Andrea Rossi, Chris Winchester, Martin Delahunty, Sampoorna Rappaz, Slavka Baronikova.
  • Putting plain language summaries into perspective
  • What terminology are health journals using to refer to plain language summaries of peer reviewed manuscripts? A new open access study published last week shows 18/27 (66.7%) journals with plain language summary information in author instructions are using the term “plain language summary”. See the full study here, and key results in Table 2.



Plain Language Summaries of Scientific Publications

  • Development, best practice, accessibility and discoverability of scientific peer-reviewed publications-associated plain language summaries
  • The activities of this group include the identification of, and update on, best practice concerning writing for patients and the general public.
  • This group is working on the development of the CDISC glossary as well as interacting with EMA for the development of the EMA glossary.

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Open Science and Open Access

  • preparation of ESS and seminars at EMWA conferences and developing articles for MEW

Predatory publishing and congresses

  • development of seminars at EMWA conferences, webinars, articles for MEW as well further educational materials
  • JPS with AMWA and ISMPP, liaison on educational activities with these associations with aim to enlarge the JPS impact, knowledge and training

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Predatory Publishing Seminar

by Peter Hornung - 48th EMWA Conference, Vienna - 8th May 2019


  • Key subgroup members:  Claire Harmer, Paolo Rega, Ana Sofia Correia, Laetitia Paris, and Miyuki Tauchi

Upcoming EMWA Translators Meet & Share: 18th April

The EMWA Translators subgroup (part of the MedComms SIG) is having its first Meet & Share! Join us on 18th April, 11am - 12:30 CET.

At this Meet & Share we will be joined by authors of articles from the March MW issue on translation. Authors will talk about their articles, their perspectives on the translation landscape, and explore further aspects of their topics. There will be a Q&A after the panel, where attendees can ask questions and share their own experiences. A great opportunity to 'get to know' our authors.

You don't have to be a translator to attend! Everyone is welcome. If you're interested in translation, interpreting or work with languages in general then this Meet & Share is for you.

To register, please click here. Please note, this event is for EMWA members only.


The activity of this group includes writing articles on medical translation to show the common processes between medical writing and medical translation. The aim also is to raise awareness on the medical translation among medical writers. For now, the articles are either theoretical (e.g. articles on the Latin and Greek origin of medical terms) or practical (e.g. actual examples in medical translation).


It does not include any topic on writing for regulatory authorities, but the articles might explain what a medical translator needs to be aware of when translating for health authorities.


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RWE generation, disclosure and publishing

  • Key subgroup members: Andrea Bucceri, Catherine Hill, Tim van Hartevelt



The activity includes the identification of best practices to disclose RWE data, data transparency (including the registration and publication of observational trials) and the levels of evidence.

An SBB is under preparation for next congress.


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Medical Journalism

      • Key subgroup members: Sampoorna Satheesha Rappaz, Slavka Baronikova, Miyuki Tauchi, and Silvia Soffia


Activities include instructions for EMWA members involved in fact checking initiatives are under development.

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8th EMWA Symposium

The 8th EMWA symposium day explored the challenging topic of research integrity. Research integrity is at the core of the research endeavour. It is the basis for researchers’ trust in each other and in the research record and, equally importantly, society’s trust in research.

To address mounting concern about research transparency and reproducibility, researchers, funders and journals need to work together to deliver practical solutions. Addressing research integrity is a shared task and we, as medical communicators and publication planners, have an important role to play.

At the first virtual EMWA symposium, researchers, journal publishers, the pharmaceutical industry and medical communications agencies provided their perspectives, gave their recommendations and fostered real-world discussion on research integrity – why it matters to all of us, and how we can work together to strengthen it.

    • Session 1 - Click here
    • Session 2 - Click here
    • Session 3 - Click here