ISMPP West 2019
Changing Tides and Technology in Scientific Communication 
Join us: Nov. 14-15, 2019 * Kimpton Solamar Hotel * San Diego, CA

Why West
Schedule of Events
Roundtable Topics
Meeting Fees/Registration
Venue/Hotel
Exhibits/Sponsorship Opportunities
Cancellation Policy
2018 ISMPP West Meeting


Why West?

The second ISMPP West Meeting will offer an insightful program that delves into the varied types of companies involved in publications, particularly those with a presence on the West Coast.

The 1½-day meeting will explore publication challenges at companies that range from large to small, start-up to established, well-funded to tightly funded, and drug to device.

These companies may encounter different needs and solutions to address the same problem, and they may even face different problems. Plan to attend and gain some valuable learning experiences!

Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities available! Hurry - only a handful remain! 


Schedule of Events:

Thursday, November 14 - Workshops: Choose from three workshops (1:00 - 4:30 PM):

Introductory Publication Planning: Best Practices for New Publication Planning Professions
  • Experience an interactive and instructional introduction to the process of publication planning, with presentations targeted toward newer publication professionals.

  • Explore the components of a publication plan, including authorship, publication steering committees, journal selection, and more.

  • This workshop includes information on the history of the profession and on good publication practices, with a focus on GPP3.

Digital Advances and Publication Planning: Current Practices and Future Directions
  • Explore the role of digital advances and social media in enhancing the educational value and reach of scientific publications.

  • Participants will review the latest innovations from prominent medical publishers, the obstacles and practical challenges in adopting   new media and how to overcome these.

  • Case Studies: Attendees will be encouraged to share their own work experiences with integrating enhanced content and social media into their publication plans and processes.

Ethics in Publications Practice: Authorship, Transparency, Consequences, and Beyond

  • The important issues of authorship, data transparency, compliance, open access and other topics become especially challenging in instances where current publication guidelines (ICMJE, GPP3, etc.) do not provide specific guidance.

  • This interactive workshop will enable participants to explore these issues and common gray areas in depth, going beyond the letter of the guidelines, and employing real-world case studies to examine ethics, potential solutions, consequences, and best practices.

  • Case Studies: Whether from large pharma with established publication SOPs, or small start-ups with no publication’s infrastructure, or publishers or academics, participants will be encouraged to share their own cases and experiences for exploration by the entire group.

Previous participants appreciated the “thought-provoking” discussions and the appropriateness of examples for professionals of different experience levels. 

Friday, November 15 - Interactive Program Sessions with Enlightening Discussions

  • Developing Publications/Communications for Non-traditional Audiences
    • This session will discuss writing styles for different audiences (eg, patients, payers, pharmacists, NPs/PAs), different therapeutic areas (eg, oncology, rare diseases), different datasets (eg, RWE, negative data), and for various media and platforms. We'll answer questions, such as where do different groups commonly access data? And we'll tackle issues, such as compliance.
  • Medical/Scientific Affairs
    • With ISMPP's expanded mission and vision to include scientific communications, this session will address how publications content is used in broader communications and will include approaches to process, working with stakeholders and internal teams, aligning strategy, communication planning, and a "day in the life" of different teams.
  • AI/Blockchain/Social Media
    • In the spirit of our technology theme, this session will encapsulate the important topics of artificial intelligence, blockchain in peer review of publications, content shared through social media, and broader digital and enhanced content outside of publications.
  • New for 2019 - 12 Roundtable Session Topics:
  1. Social Media as a Tool for Publications
  2. Scientific Platforms: Challenges
  3. Best Practices Interacting with Authors
  4. Lay Summaries for Biomedical Journals
  5. Metrics for Publication Impact
  6. Career Development in Scientific Communications/Publications
  7. Data-sharing as a Journal Requirement for Publication
  8. Publication Steering Committees
  9. Engaging HCPs: The Role of Medical Affairs
  10. Hybrid Positions in Publications: Writing and Planning
  11. Open Access and Medical Publications
  12. Communicating RWE from Prespecified Studies

PLUS, visit with exhibitors to learn about their products and services, and enjoy time with fellow peers during Friday evening's Networking Reception.


Meeting Fees:

ISMPP West Meeting Registration:  *$550
Choice of three workshops: *$295 each

* Non--ISMPP members: Please note there is a $195 additional administrative fee to register, which includes a complimentary year of membership to ISMPP if you opt-in.



2019 Venue & Hotel Reservations:

Kimpton Solamar Hotel
435 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone:  (619) 819-9500
Room reservation link

Room rates: $209++ per night (plus tax – currently 12.695%, and $10 amenity fee per night)

Important: hotel booking advisory! If you receive a phone call or email from any third-party vendor looking to assist with your hotel reservations, beware, this is a scam. Please alert [email protected] and do not provide any credit card information.

Travel Information:

From the east and San Diego Intl. Lindbergh Field (SAN) (Nearest Airport):

Hotel Solamar is located just three miles from the San Diego International Airport (approximately 14 minute drive).
Take the airport exit towards the car rental return.
Turn left onto North Harbor Drive.
Turn left onto Broadway.
Turn right onto 6th Avenue.
Kimpton Solamar Hotel is located at 435 - 6th Avenue at the corner of J Street.

ISMPP has arranged for discounts up to 5% on the following airline(s):

United Airlines - Enter departure/arrival information. Click on “Advanced Search”. Enter ZGCA284012 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the bottom of the page. 

Delta Airlines - Enter departure/arrival information. Click on “Advanced Search”. Enter NY2N7 in the Meeting Code box. 

American Airlines - Enter departure/arrival information and traveler information. In the Promotion Code box, enter 54N9AY. 


Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities:

Secure your spot! Complete the exhibit and sponsor form

Exhibit Opportunities:

  • 6 ft. Tabletop Exhibit - $3,000/each

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Networking Reception: $5,000 - only 1 available!
    Your logo will appear on  signage and branded cocktail napkins.
  • Education Grants:  $2,500
    Your logo will appear in both print materials and the ISMPP website.

Meeting Materials: Sponsor the lanyards, pens and bags!  Contact Sue Marek at [email protected] for details or with any questions.


Thank you to the following Exhibitors & Sponsors of the ISMPP West 2018 meeting:


Cancellation Policy:

4 or more weeks prior to event:

You will receive a full refund, minus 10% of the balance for processing fees, or you may substitute another ISMPP member to attend in your place. You may also request a voucher for the full registration fee to be used towards a future ISMPP event within the following twelve-month period.

2 to 4 weeks prior to the event: 

You will receive a refund of 30% of the registration fees or you may substitute another ISMPP member to attend in your place. You may also request a voucher for the full registration fee to be used towards a future ISMPP event within the following twelve-month period.

Less than 2 weeks prior to the event: 

You may substitute another ISMPP member to attend in your place.


2018 ISMPP West Meeting

ISMPP expresses our great appreciation to the faculty, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors of our first ISMPP West meeting. We welcomed over 120 participants, an excellent turnout for the Society's first-ever educational meeting on the West Coast!

View the 2018 ISMPP West Meeting agenda

Members, go to the ISMPP West Meeting Archive to view presentations.