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
Open this folder and view contents6. Planning bulletin production: schedules and timing
Close this folder7. The editorial process
View the document7.1 Outline of the editorial process
Open this folder and view contents7.2 Editing a drug bulletin
Close this folder7.3 Writing bulletin articles
View the document7.3.1 Finding and motivating authors
View the document7.3.2 Rewarding authors
View the document7.3.3 Writing an article
View the document7.3.4 Outlining the topic
View the document7.3.5 Searching for documentation
View the document7.3.6 The first draft
View the document7.3.7 Discuss the draft with an editor
Open this folder and view contents7.4 Reviewing the article
View the document7.5. Rewriting the article
View the document7.6 Final checks
Open this folder and view contents7.7 Follow-up after publication
View the document7.8 References
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

7.3.2 Rewarding authors

There are many ways a bulletin’s editorial team may thank authors, even if resources are scarce. As was discussed in Chapter 5, a bulletin’s sustainability requires the continued motivation of contributors. Adequate acknowledgement of contributions is a key factor in keeping people involved.

You can acknowledge the author’s contribution by publishing signed articles if this is your bulletin’s policy. An editorial team may also choose a policy of publishing anonymous articles, either to protect authors from pressure or to acknowledge the collective nature of the work leading to a finished article. In this case, the names of all contributors can be published together at the beginning or end of each bulletin. Some bulletins, including the UK’s Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, prefer to publish an annual list of contributors at the end of the year.

You can pay authors for their work or give them a present, such as a reference book (guide, textbook etc.) or provide them with training sessions. Training is an especially valuable and well-appreciated reward for junior authors. However, many ISDB bulletins have found that purely voluntary writing and/or editing is rarely sustainable. Asking a valued author repeatedly to work for nothing is also embarrassing. Funds need to be found to pay authors and editors.

It is also important to keep the author informed of readers’ responses. These may be enthusiastic or negative. Either way, feedback from readers can be valuable and stimulating if it is analysed collectively.

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