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Exploring veterinary science, a little-known translation specialisation - Volume 23, Issue

Although closely linked to human health, veterinary science remains a relatively unexplored field for medical translators. The key to the specialisation may lie in the translators' ability to answer several key questions:   • Who is the…

Time to make it shorter: Plain English in our context - Volume 24, Issue

Plain English in medical and scientific writing is not one-size-fits-all, because audiences differ. Advice on writing plain English abounds. In 1946, George Orwell, best known as the author of 1984, formulated a much quoted, compact set of rules for…

Adverse event reporting: A brief overview of MedDRA - Volume 23, Issue

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) has become the lingua franca of safety reporting in a regulatory context. The standardised reporting across different regulatory regions and languages is a…

New myths about English - Volume 21, Issue

My first 39 myths about English were published in The Write Stuff in a series of articles between January 2006 and January 2008. The myths are mainly drawn from claims about English made by participants at my training events on the use of English…

Medical journalism: Another way to write about science - Volume 24, Issue

True journalism differs from public relations and uncritically reproducing press releases. It involves doing background research into the context surrounding the finding being reported, seeking comments from independent experts, and highlighting the…

The Webscout - Volume 23, Issue

For this Webscout, I decided to leave the path of scientific writing and enter the land of marketing, which goes overall with the theme of post-approval medical writing. However, I will not limit this Webscout to medical marketing and instead take a…

The Webscout - Volume 22, Issue

Public health funding constitutes a big part of European social systems' expenditures. Governments and health insurance companies are thus interested in reducing spending. Applying pricing initiatives to innovative products confronts pharmaceutical…

Regulatory Writing - Volume 21, Issue

The discussion section of a clinical study report The discussion section of a clinical study report (CSR) is often a source of doubt among medical writers. The advice is usually to keep the discussion section as short as possible and not go…

Regulatory Writing: The essence of regulatory writing as defined by its jargon - Volume 23, Issue

In this issue of Medical Writing dedicated to regulatory writing, many of the articles provide some glimpses of the day-to-day problems and dilemmas faced by regulatory writers. It is hard, however, to describe the essence of regulatory writing in a…

English Grammar and Style: Points of view - Volume 23, Issue

Some more four-letter words I published a series of articles in The Write Stuff on short words frequently used in the medical and scientific context between Volume 16(3) 2007 and Volume 18(4) 2009. Since then, at training courses and in email…

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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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