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Keeping going

Use it or lose it
Subscriptions
Online

Visitors to Bandolier are often surprised at the small size of the team, and the short commons available to support it. We bother to keep going because it's fun, and because there is no good reason to stop. Thank you for support in the form of subscriptions, the messages that brighten our days, and the suggestions for new topics or issues that we might consider. Please keep the ideas coming.

Use it or lose it

This is the 137 th issue of Bandolier Journal. A remarkable achievement since the appearance of the first edition in 1994 and even more remarkable in that, for the past three years, Bandolier has been supported by subscriptions alone. No money from the big guns of government or industry. So a big thank you to everyone who takes the trouble to subscribe and help keep things going.

We want to continue to produce the Journal in paper format and our research tells us that that is the wish of our readers also. We cannot continue to do this if our subscription numbers fall below a breakeven figure. So please remember this when your renewal letter arrives on your desk. It might just be the cessation of your sub - together with a few others - that takes us below that figure and into oblivion. Bandolier isn't ready for oblivion quite yet. Bandolier keeps going because its readers continue to value and trust its independent views.

Subscriptions

July is the month when the majority of subscribers to the paper version have to make decisions about renewal. This year the price remains the same as it always has been, with no increase. Bandolier hopes your decision is positive. Paper issues run about four months ahead of online, and that delay will increase over coming months.

In some parts of the world, notably New Zealand, many GPs have a monthly copy, printed locally under license. In the UK Bandolier has a policy of lower rates for bulk purchases. The tariff is in Table 1. This makes it possible to contemplate having copies for everyone, not just for libraries.

Table 1: Subscription rates for bulk copies of Bandolier in the UK



Bulk copies
£ per subscription (12 issues)
Total (£)
1
36
36
2-4
30
30 (x number)
5
25
125
10
20
200
25
15
375
50
12
600
75
11
825
100
10
1000
200
9
1800
*200 or more
just ask




Online

Online Bandolier is much more than a collection of past paper issues. For some time the electronic form has been an accessible resource of good evidence across a range of topics. In this last year Bandolier's online pages have been viewed 2-3 million times a week, by professionals and public, and around the world.

Bandolier online has been developed using support from charities, individuals, and industry, but always with the proviso that no sponsor has any say in editorial content. Specialist areas have been developed, occasionally summarised in downloadable PDFs. Up to 200,000 have been downloaded in a single week. PDFs and specialist sources developed or updated in the last year are shown in Table 2.



Table 2: Some new PDFs and sub-sections available on the Bandolier Internet site



PDFs Sections
MMR and autism Patient perspectives
Topical analgesics Learning zone
Statins Healthy living
Care Pathways Internet and electronic
NSAIDs and bone healing Pharmacy
Policosanol Restless legs


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