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Presentation interacting with bmj com

PresentationInteracting withbmj.com

Tony Delamothe

editor in chief, bmj.com

13 September 2006


Your boss writes

Your boss writes….

  • “We regard the bmj.com as supremely strong in the area of interaction (polls, debates, webchats, blogs, etc and of course your ‘rapid responses’ which appear to me a really rich area of user-generated content).”


The bmj and bmj com brief background

The BMJ and bmj.com – brief background

  • BMJ (1840)

  • The membership journal of the British Medical Association

  • 100,000 print copies go to BMA members, 10,000 go to librarians

  • bmj.com (1995)

  • Now has three times the circulation of print BMJ

Number of Online v Paper readers

Online now = 3 x Paper

1995

1998

2001

2006


Increasing divergence the e journal becomes the journal

Increasing divergence – the ejournal becomes the journal

electronic

paper

1995

1998


Different platforms

Distinct

roles

  • BMJ magazine

  • bmj.com

Timely + concise

news/ updates

UK focus

Up-to-date + depth

medical research

International reach

Different platforms


How this plays out

How this plays out

  • No winner or loser

  • (But) bmj.com is the canonical version

  • Magazine is a subset of the online offering (an “editor’s choice”)

  • Offering targeted according to market

  • Maximal exploitation of the unique features of both media

    [Generate content in a medium neutral way - XML]


Interactive stuff

Interactive stuff

  • Rapid responses

  • Theme issues

  • Polls – journal issues and wider

  • Debates

  • Interactive case reports

  • Q & A

  • Webchats

  • Blogs


Some of the messages of rapid responses

Some of the “messages” of rapid responses

  • Simplicity

  • Familiarity

  • Fulfilled a need

  • Moderation ( so overhead)

  • Dysfunctional folk

  • Showed the way ahead


The bores were taking over

The bores were taking over

  • Some respondents -

  • Felt the urge to share their opinion on any given topic, and piled in early and often, despite having little of interest to say.

  • Had pet topics, which they returned to obsessively, finding almost any peg to hang their views on.

  • Didn't feel really alive until they‘d sparked off an angry response from someone else. Rows then continued longer than interested anyone other than the combatants.

  • *

  • Attacks on views moved swiftly to attacks on the holder of those views; these were often continued via abusive emails until we stopped posting email addresses with responses.


The rapid response editorials

The rapid response editorials

  • Letters to the editor: the new order (1998)

  • http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/316/7142/1406

  • Twenty thousand conversations (2002)

  • http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/324/7347/1171

  • Revitalising rapid responses (2005)

  • http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/330/7503/1284


The way we were

The way we were


The distance between us

The distance between us

Yes

No

Decision making ?

unsolicited

solicited

[email protected]


Towards the jellyfish organisation

Towards the jellyfish organisation

Yes

No

?

unsolicited

solicited

[email protected]


Other interactions

Other interactions

  • Theme issues

  • Polls – journal issues and wider

  • Debates

  • Interactive case reports

  • Q & A

  • Webchats

  • Blogs


Theme issues chosen by readers 2002

Theme issues chosen by readers (2002)

  • Global voices on the AIDS catastrophe

  • War

  • Evaluating the quality of health information on the internet

  • The limits of medicine and the medicalisation of human experience

  • Road traffic crashes

  • Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Doctors' well being

  • What is a good doctor and how can we make one

  • Managing chronic diseases

  • Doctor-patient communication and relationships

  • What doesn't work and how to show it

[email protected]


Theme issues

Theme issues

  • http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/misc/fcissues.shtml


Other interactions1

Other interactions

  • Theme issues

  • Polls – journal issues and wider

  • Debates

  • Interactive case reports

  • Q & A

  • Webchats

  • Blogs


Polls and debates

Polls and debates

  • Past polls

  • Would the NHS benefit from a single, identifiable leader?

  • What is your idea of a good death?

  • Are doctors and the drug industry too close for comfort?

  • How political should a general medical journal be?

  • Past debates

  • Giving pain relief; hastening death Is intention crucial?

  • Internet bookshops: how do they stack up?

  • Education and the BMJ: could we do better?

  • Honey, I shrunk the articles: pleasing both authors and readers

  • http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/misc/strawpolls.shtml


Creating virtuous circles between online and print

Creating virtuous circles between online and print

  • Collect

  • Commission articles for special issue

  • Vote


Other interactions2

Other interactions

  • Theme issues

  • Polls – journal issues and wider

  • Debates

  • Interactive case reports

  • Q & A

  • Webchats

  • Blogs


Interactive case report

Interactive case report

  • Interactive case report

  • A 2 year old child with rash and fever

  • This child's case was described on 20 September and 27 September

  • (BMJ 2003;327: 668, 720[Free Full Text]). Debate on her management continues on bmj.com (bmj.com/cgi/eletters/327/7416/668). On 18 October we will publish the outcome of the case together with commentaries on the issues raised by the management and online discussion from a general practitioner, a paediatric cardiologist, a specialist in paediatric infectious disease, and the patient's mother.


Other interactions3

Other interactions

  • Theme issues

  • Polls – journal issues and wider

  • Debates

  • Interactive case reports

  • Q & A

  • Webchats

  • Blogs


Webchats

Webchats


Transferring power a cautionary tale

Transferring power (a cautionary tale)

  • From FT’s review ofDot.com: the greatest story ever sold (2002)

  • “Perhaps the chief lesson of the whole story [is] the capacity of the internet to transfer absolute power to the consumer….

  • “For years now, companies have been complaining quietly of their loss of influence over their customers. It may be, of course, that as the internet matures, they will be able to reassert themselves. If not, the tech frenzy could turn out not so much to have exaggerated the internet's promise as to have missed the danger it poses.”

  • [How out of date this looks in 2006, by when the customers have taken over]


Community

Community ?

  • “Every site owner wants to build Community and every site owner wants blogs”

  • bmj.com – our country is the whole world

  • UK 35%, US 20%, Canada 5%, Australia 5%, Germany 2%,

  • Italy 2%, Ireland 2%, India 1%, Brazil 1%......

  • User generated content – much of a scientific journal is already that


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