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Getting what you want from your scientific writing: tips for writing clearly - Volume 21, Issue

Good medical writing is like good writing in any discipline: the writer should explain complex concepts and ideas clearly and accurately and engage the reader. In this article, I provide four suggestions to help clarify writing on complex subjects:…

How CDC is promoting a clear communication culture - Volume 24, Issue

Both the federal Plain Writing Act and the mission of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect and promote people's health require CDC to communicate clearly so that people can understand and act on the important health…

Veterinary regulatory writing in Europe - Volume 23, Issue

Regulatory writing for the veterinary pharmaceutical industry is in many ways similar to other types of regulatory writing, but there are also clear differences. This article outlines the veterinary regulatory structure in Europe and, in…

Writing visually for medical writers - Volume 21, Issue

Although content is obviously important for effective documents, the look of a document is also important. If you want someone to read a document, it should be pleasant to look at, and if you want the document to be used, the information should be…

Manuscript Writing - Volume 22, Issue

Getting started writing a manuscript – or any other document for that matter – can be difficult. Manuscripts are large projects, sometimes taking hundreds of hours and many months to complete. Faced with a blank page or screen, one might be tempted…

Profile - An Interview with Juliane Chaccour - Writing in Mozambique - Volume 25, Issue

On her private Twitter profile, Julie (Juliane) describes herself as “freelance medical editor, mother, immunologist with an interest in tropical diseases and vaccines”. Julie works as a freelance medical writer and editor, is managing editor at…

Teaching Medical Writing - Volume 25, Issue

I teach medical writing at Copenhagen University, where I have successfully run the week-long Intensive Medical Writing Course for the last decade. Each time the course is held, there are three presenters, four tutors and 36 participants. In the…

Writing, publishing, and disseminating a medical review - Volume 25, Issue

Have you been commissioned to write a review? Reviews are useful for drawing attention to issues and benefits related to a product. One thing they are not, however, is something to be feared, if you are organised and have a clear idea from the…

Finding the action in your writing: Avoiding nominalisation - Volume 26, Issue

Dense, hard-to-follow writing obfuscates complex subject matter, but writers can improve their ability to communicate complex topics with clear writing that is easily understood on a first read. Science and medical  writing often contain grammatical…

Writing economically in medicine and science: Tips for tackling wordiness - Volume 26, Issue

Concise medical and scientific writing is clearer, more direct, and more pleasurable to read than wordy text. It is also more accessible to readers, including those outside the discipline and non-native speakers of  English. An added benefit of…

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Medical Writing is a quarterly publication that aims to educate and inform medical writers in Europe and beyond. Each issue focuses on a specific theme, and all issues include feature articles and regular columns on topics relevant to the practice of medical writing. We welcome articles providing practical advice to medical writers; guidelines and reviews/summaries/updates of guidelines published elsewhere; original research; opinion pieces; interviews; and review articles.

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