The Communications (COM) Group forms an integral part of the Director’s Office and is responsible for the presentation of a homogeneous image of all aspects of IARC work to the scientific community, the media, and the general public, as well as providing a service to the research Groups in all matters related to information.
It thus assists the research sections in dissemination of the results from their research, by providing advice and editorial help for publication of articles in international scientific journals and through its own publications under the IARC imprint.
The COM Group assists all scientific Groups in disseminating their research results by providing editorial support and guidance, including publication of articles, papers and op-ed pieces in international scientific journals, supported by graphic services, both for illustrations of publications and posters, and for the layout of the finished print-ready products. The Editing service assists in the preparation of manuscripts for submission of scientific papers, as well as for volumes in the book production series. It also conducts training courses on writing journal articles, annual reports, poster presentations and abstracts during the IARC Summer School.
Most of the original scientific results generated at the Agency are published in the general scientific literature, principally in peer-reviewed journals, but the Agency also has a long tradition of publishing books itself. WHO Press is the exclusive distributor of all IARC publications.
The COM Group maintains the Agency’s bilingual internet site. The IARC website as a primary means of dissemination of research results ensures greater visibility of research output from various internal Cancer Databases and Research Programmes websites.
The Web service also helps to analyse the web needs of the IARC Research Groups and to develop, update and upgrade various Groups’ websites to bring them in line with the institutional corporate identity
In addition, this area maintains the Intranet service, which provides staff with many administrative resources, and serves as a network of various resources for internal use (Library, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, etc.).
Public and media relations
The Public Relations service ensures relations between the Agency and the media, including by writing and distributing press releases, and organising press conferences. By means of a database of media contacts around the world, the service dispatches press releases to about 3500 e-mail addresses, press agencies, individual journalists and decision-makers.
This service coordinates the issue of press releases on new evaluations within the Monographs programme with publication of a summary in The Lancet Oncology’s Policy Watch section, which offers the Agency a regular tribune for independent and transparent results.
The Library supports the information and research needs of IARC scientists through a wide range of electronic resources, a traditional print library collection, and by providing responsive, user-centred reference and instructional services. Desktop access to electronic information is facilitated by participation in resource sharing and collaborative programmes with the WHO Library and Information Networks for Knowledge.
The Library’s Intranet website is the gateway for the delivery of information services and resources to the IARC community. This provides access to the library catalogue, electronic journals, databases, electronic reference resources and document delivery services.
The IARC Library also responds to external needs by providing reciprocal services to specialised libraries in Lyon and by welcoming reference enquiries from the public.
The Translation service provides translations from English to French of all official documents of the Governing Council and Scientific Council of IARC, as well as articles, technical documents, correspondence, memoranda and other texts for all the scientific and administrative Groups. It also organises successful language courses in both working languages for the Agency’s staff, as well as administering the United Nations language proficiency examinations.