Well worth reading is this expose by John Bohannon, published in Science of ‘open-access’ journals that currently flourish by getting gullible and/or dishonest researchers to submit their sub-standard work. A fake researcher, from a fake university submitted a spoof paper to a large number of open-access journals of which over half accepted the paper, failing to notice its fatal flaws. Can be found at http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6154/60.full. The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine have published new guidelines on the management of those exposed to Taser. Can be found at http://fflm.ac.uk/librarydetail/4000138. In a similar vein, on October 15th the Council of Canadian Academies (www.scienceadvice.ca) publishes its long awaited report – ‘Health Effects of Conducted Energy Weapons’. Having been involved in both these publications I am happy they represent the most up to date opinion on these issues. Some of you may have heard the excellent and balanced Radio 4 programme on the subject at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03b2vyn. Was an invited guest, with Dr Peter Green and Allyson Giel, to answer questions on forensic healthcare services within the Metropolitan Police Service, at the Greater London Assembly. This session of the Police & Crime Committee can be found at www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/webcasts – as ‘October 2013 Police and Crime Committee – Thursday 10 October 2013, 10 am’. Relevant session starts ~ 01.09h into the webcast. In discussions in last couple of weeks on similar matters with the Health and Safety Executive. Fascinating CPD meeting arranged by the Civil Mediation Council on the role and potential of online dispute resolution techniques – two excellent speakers – Brian Hutchinson from University College, Dublin and Diana Wallis from the University of Hull.