The MAGIC authoring and publication platform (MAGICapp) integrates multiple functions and features to author and publish guidelines.
The platform allows developers to write and publish their guidelines and evidence summaries in a highly structured fashion, using the GRADE methodology, new technology and a host of recent developed frameworks. MAGICapp is a web based collaborative tool that does not require any software installation and allows publication on all devices.
Users of MAGICapp need to be aware of and agree with the rules and regulations for use, described within the Terms of Service.
Shifting over to using MAGICapp may require a different form of cooperation between content contributors than has been the practice previously.
It is a prerequisite to understand the GRADE methodology. Shifting over to guideline development using GRADE often imposes an new set of demands on the working groups.
A transition from MS Word to a multi-layered user interface in MAGICapp requires training and a different writing style.
Authoring of MAGICapp guidelines is done through a web based collaborative tool and does not require any software installation.
Publishing MAGICapp guidelines is possible on the MAGIC publication platform or on any other website. Organizations opting to publish MAGICapp guidelines within their own website, should discuss the technical requirements with their IT department. We can provide technical help and consultancy for efficient setup.
Up-to-date browsers and fast and stable internet connections will help to use MAGICapp in the best possible way. Exports to word, PDF and reading content can be used offline.
Using MAGICapp might require changes at different levels.
To ensure a successful introduction of MAGICapp we suggest to:
We suggest starting with a pilot phase:
We suggest writing up a good plan with a timeline:
Internal superusers that know MAGICapp well, can support users in how to develop recommendations.
MAGICapp provides good integration with other software in the evidence ecosystem.
MAGICapp has a built-in reference management for each guideline.
You can import references directly from reference manager software like Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero, Refworks, … References can also be imported from Pubmed or from a RevMan file.
Naturally, references can also be added manually.
Users get an instant view of how the developed content will be presented to the end user.
It is important that authors keep their readers in mind while developing their content.
Authors and admins can at any point in time get an instant view of how the developed content will be presented to the end user.
All organizations that sign up with us get a personal site where only their own content shows.
Organization can brand their published guidelines with their own logo and brand identity, including custom colors for background, labels and buttons.
Organizations that choose to use MAGICapp to develop guidelines have several publishing options.
The guidelines can also be integrated into your own website, using direct import or embed features.
Our publishing platform has an inherent mobile application feature, which makes all content usable on all mobile platforms through mobile browsers. Use of the mobile app is totally free.
Content can be exported as pdf, word or RevMan file or as JSON data for the circumstances where you will need that.
MAGICapp also enables the publication of patient decision aids.
MAGICapp facilitates computerized decision support and integration in electronic medical records.
Use of such a function requires integration by medical record vendors.
MAGICapp is a fully functional platform that is under continuous development. New feature requests are taken seriously and the MAGICapp team is quick to provide support.
Bugs and imperfections may sometimes occur for new functionalities. The imperfections are in general minor, but users need to know that bugs can occur, and they can report them if encountered.
The MAGICapp team provides excellent help to rectify errors or to explain users how to prevent them from happening again. We provide regular updates, which ensure that users see that their feedback is being listened to and acted upon. It creates confidence, as they can clearly see that MAGICapp improves continuously.
Authors also get an update email before each release, to explain new and upcoming features. On our help pages we explain all features, should you want a more thorough explanation.
We suggest to:
The MAGICapp team is always available to provide support in connection with the issues users are having.
The MAGICapp team takes feedback and suggestions from users seriously.
When introducing the MAGICapp, we suggest to collect feedback and to observe users to find irritations, things that disrupt or that complicate the workflow.
It is important for us to receive your feedback, so that we can identify areas for improvements.
Sometime users are bugged by things that the MAGICapp actually has a fix for, they just cannot find it. Or users keep on getting bugged by the same thing over and over, but never tell us.
It is very demotivating to have the same irritations linger for long after you’ve given feedback.
Therefore, we will always provide you a detailed response and insight in our timeline to address any relevant issues.
As such users feel that they are involved in the development of the tool.
We publish monthly newsletters to communicate improvements in the tool and to informs about the planning for the next month.
Guidelines that you develop within MAGICapp are stored safely with us.
Your MAGICapp guidelines and it’s versions will always be safe with us.
We make 2 daily backups of the database, and if necessary we can retrieve content stored on MAGICapp' s servers.
For each new version we save a web version, a PDF and a data file. All these different formats will remain available for each version.
For all critical data we only mark it deleted and not actually delete it. This enables us to recover deleted PICOs and recommendations in cases of mis-deleting.
Your content remains always yours and you can export your content in multiple data or file formats.
We hope that you will prefer to continue using MAGICapp, but should you desire to stop using MAGICapp, then you can export your content as JSON data or as RevMan, pdf or word files.
MAGIC does not obtain any right, title or interest to any of your content.