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Letters sought in reply to PACE Trial article in a free newspaper for Irish doctors

Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by Dolphin, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    If anyone wants to send in a reply to this, it'd be appreciated.
    It was included in a free newspaper for Irish doctors.


    Last year, following publishing a piece on the Santhouse et al. editorial in the British Medical Journal, they published not one but five letters over a series of weeks (John Greensmith, Tom Kindlon, Gerwyn Morris, Orla N Chomhra & Vance Spence (only two with Irish addresses) - that was most of the people who wrote in, as I recall.
    They may be glad to fill up space in their newspaper.


    People can also put comments online but letters would be preferred. You can always post your letter as a comment if you prefer.


    If you sent in a letter to the Lancet, you could get a chance to re-use it (ordinary newspapers might find it too technical). Probably best to not put the references underneath - just put the name of the first author + et al. + year in brackets e.g. (White et al., 2011) to refer to Lancet paper. If you want me to look at it, feel free.

    References aren't essential of course.

    Even if your point doesn't relate to what is in the Irish Medical Times article, one can still criticise the study.


    Probably best to keep letters under 400 words and ideally less than that again.
    Address is: editor@imt.ie that's editor @ imt.ie


    Don't forget to put your address in the letter and also a telephone number (which won't be published).


    Thanks



     
  2. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

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    good find, Dolphin. :thumbs:

    I've been crashing and hadn't finished my letter to the Lancet (writing is one of the hardest things to do, cognitively, even though one of my better skills when healthy), and this might be a better goal than submitting to Lancet.
     
  3. Hope123

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    Just a warning folks -- don't submit your ACTUAL Lancet letter if you already sent it in to Lancet. If you get your letter published somewhere else beforehand, some journals will likely NOT publish your letter in their journal even if it is selected. This is because they want first dibs. OTOH, once UK PACE responses have been published, you can link to your letter through Lancet. You can still use the same points, just put it in alternate phrasing.
     
  4. Dolphin

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    The deadline for publication was 2 weeks from publication. It was unclear which publication date. One person was told:

    However, this would mean that people who got the print journal would have no time to respond which seems hard to believe.

    Anyway the date on the journal is a Saturday March 5 although it seems to become available on the Friday so many who missed the first deadline tried to get something in by March 18. But certainly I think best to get in anything by Saturday March 19.

    I looked back on previous letters - they generally go in around 3 months after the article was in print edition.
     
  5. WillowJ

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    oh, so supposing I could do it tonight (unlikely but slightly possible) it's still not too late to submit...
    thanks :)
    that's Saturday March 19, USA time?
     
  6. Dolphin

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    I'd be guessing. I think the peer review process is slow so not sure if they really have a hard deadline especially as not sure they will do too much work on this on Saturday or Sunday but I'm just guessing. Most other journals don't expect letters so quickly but then many other journals wouldn't get as many letters. I know when people were aiming for the Friday, most aimed for 5pm London time.

    If you can send a letter to the Irish Medical Times, that'd be great. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Dolphin

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    I just sent in a letter now.

    I'm not sure I should post it somewhere where it might show up for search engines but I'm happy to show it to anyone who is thinking of writing in in case you want to avoid duplication. However, if they do it like last year, they might include one letter a week (they published five last year) and so they probably won't mind if some of the points are the same. The chances of all the points being the same are small. Thanks.
     
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    Actually three letters this week (they put up two more today):

    http://bit.ly/emo0Dw i.e.
    http://www.imt.ie/opinion/2011/04/the-pace-study-is-out-of-step-with-mecfs.html

    http://bit.ly/hMGCUx i.e.
    http://www.imt.ie/opinion/2011/03/caveat-needed-on-safe-and-effective-declaration.html

    http://bit.ly/eP8EfR i.e.
    http://www.imt.ie/opinion/2011/04/p...for-the-‘biggest-rift’-among-me-patients.html

    Thanks to anybody else who wrote in - they might still put up your letter.
     
  10. Dolphin

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    4th letter published this week.

    http://bit.ly/f0noE0
    i.e.
    http://www.imt.ie/opinion/2011/04/caution-is-still-required-on-get-and-me.html

    I wonder will we top the 5 they published in reply to a piece last year.
     
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    Thanks Dolphin - couldn't contribute but so good to see.
     
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