Starting or Strengthening a Drug Bulletin - A Practical Manual
(2005; 165 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentPreface
View the documentHow the manual was produced
View the documentAbout ISDB
View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Rational use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents3. What are drug bulletins?
Open this folder and view contents4. Defining aims, target and type of bulletin
Open this folder and view contents5. Planning resources
Close this folder6. Planning bulletin production: schedules and timing
View the document6.1 Why is planning necessary?
View the document6.2 Start modestly and grow gradually
View the document6.3 Develop a framework for producing articles
View the document6.4 Flexible planning for each issue
View the document6.5 Allow time for delays in distribution
View the document6.6 Integrate necessary sidelines into your overall planning
View the document6.7 A few principles for planning the production of a bulletin
Open this folder and view contents7. The editorial process
Open this folder and view contents8. Reviewing a new drug: is it a therapeutic advance?
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexe to Chapter 8: Evaluating harm
Open this folder and view contents9. Design and production
Open this folder and view contents10. Dissemination
Open this folder and view contents11. Organizational and legal issues
Open this folder and view contents12. Evaluating quality and usefulness
Open this folder and view contents13. Partnership and collaboration
Open this folder and view contents14. Keeping records and creating a memory
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix: Electronic sources of information

6.5 Allow time for delays in distribution

The time the bulletin takes to get to readers will depend on local circumstances. Where possible, the delay between completing the article and publication should be kept to a minimum so that the article is not out of date by the time it reaches readers. It may take from a few days to a month for mail delivery. The essential point is to produce the bulletin regularly and to allow time in your planning for likely delays in distribution. If you are unsure how long it takes for your bulletin to reach readers, you may want to ask a few subscribers who live far away to send you a message to let you know when they receive the bulletin. Knowing how long distribution takes also makes it easier to coordinate your editorial content with promotional activities. For example, if you decide to publish an announcement praising a review published in the last issue, you want to be sure that readers have already received the bulletin containing the review.

When the distribution of paper copies is problematic, for example if the postal service is unreliable, electronic production might be another solution. Obviously, this will depend on how well the local telecommunication system works and whether your readers have access to the Internet.

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