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Consolidated data analysis and presentation using an open-source add-in for the Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet software - Volume 23, Issue

A free and open-source software tool is presented that facilitates the analysis and the visualisation of data in basic life science. Daniel's XL Toolbox is an add-in for the Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet software. It enables scientists to store…

A medical writer's guide to meta-analysis - Volume 25, Issue

Meta-analysis is a statistical technique for summarising the results of multiple studies in a quantitative manner. It should not be confused with a systematic review, though in practice the two are often found together. The main pitfalls with…

Recommended procedures for retracting articles: Inadequate and patchily applied? Analysis of a recent article in PLoS One examining the fates of retracted articles - Volume 23, Issue

Retraction of research articles ruins careers, dents confidence in the scientific literature, and can have a profound impact on meta-analyses. Retraction rates have seen a big recent rise, as journals act increasingly quickly to remove articles that…

Guidance for the design and analysis of observational studies: The STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS) initiative - Volume 26, Issue

Observational studies pose a number of biostatistical challenges. Methodological approaches have grown exponentially, but most are rarely applied in the real world. The STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS) initiative…

What's your problem? A practical approach to scientific document design - Volume 21, Issue

For science to be understood, assimilated, and further developed, it must be accessible through clear and concise writing. Science is about solving problems that often interlink with each other. To improve the clarity of scientific writing, every…

Study design made easy - Volume 25, Issue

Analysis of statistical data is an important part of any medical writer’s skill set, especially those professionals working in publication and regulatory areas. Under - standing the various study designs is key to a thorough understanding of study…

Profile: An interview with Ingrid Edsman on why attending EMWA conferences is so rewarding! - Volume 24, Issue

Ingrid Edsman, with 17 years of increasingly senior clinical research positions in the Pharmaceutical Industry, is an expert in the preparation of regulatory and clinical documents. She obtained a Medical Degree at the Karolinska Institute in…

Identifying appropriate journals in which to publish original research on vaccines against human infectious diseases - Volume 21, Issue

The most effective way of communicating new research findings is by publishing them in a peer-reviewed journal which is widely read and highly respected. To ensure that important new data are shared with the appropriate audience in a timely manner,…

Biostatistics and medical writing: Synergy in preparing clinical trials documents - Volume 25, Issue

Biostatisticians and medical writers are among the key people who develop important documents for clinical trials. These documents include clinical study protocols, statistical analysis plans, statistical outputs, and clinical study reports. This…

Journal Watch - Volume 21, Issue

Improving the credibility of reporting industry-sponsored research Reports of ghostwriting, guest authorship, selective or biased disclosure of research results, and inaccurate or incomplete reporting of potential conflicts of interest have damaged…

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