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Cost comparison of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe - Volume 23, Issue

This is the first systematic comparison of the costs of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe. In the absence of official figures for the total costs of employment, we make reasoned assumptions, using mean base figures for…

Staying ahead of the game in the changing arena of ethical medical communications - Viewpoint of a freelance medical writer - Volume 25, Issue

Laws, regulations, pharmaceutical industry codes of practice, and other guidelines play an important role in ethical medical communications. When working on medical education prog - rammes and materials, a professional medical writer must not only…

Fifth EMWA freelance business survey - Volume 25, Issue

Following surveys in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2012, the fifth EMWA Freelance Business Survey was conducted in 2015. 181 respondents, most based in Europe, completed the survey. The findings indicate that freelance medical writing and related activities…

For the greater good…Can agency competitors cooperate to advance medical publication practices? - Volume 24, Issue

The business of medical writing is competitive, but can it be cooperative? Is it time for agencies, which provide professional and ethical publication support to authors, to cooperate for the greater good of the medical publication profession?…

Is cheap outsourcing a threat to your career? - Volume 24, Issue

Many writers are concerned that the rise of cheap freelance medical content outsourcing will be a threat to their careers. Yet while outsourcing may be a cheaper option, there is no guarantee that the quality will be superior. There are also…

EMWA News - Volume 25, Issue

A lot was going on from April to June this year. Certainly the main event was our spring conference in Munich. Aside the established workshops, Freelance Business Forum, Expert Seminar Series, and updates on Special Interest Groups – it included an…

Never say never! Returning to full-time employment after freelancing - Volume 25, Issue

Alison McIntosh successfully operated as a freelance medical writer for 14 years and gave up the ‘flexible lifestyle’ of a selfemployed freelance medical writer to become a full time employee. She has joined a growing band of ‘decentralised’ office…

Letter to the Editor: Because you're worth it? - Volume 23, Issue

To the Editor – I read the recent article on the fourth EMWA freelance business survey1 with great interest and some considerable concern. When freelance writers express an interest in working with Rx Communications, one of the first things we ask…

Out On Our Own - Volume 23, Issue

In these dark winter months, how many of us have day-dreamed about moving to an exotic, sunny location? Janet Davies describes how she did exactly that when she resigned from her job in Holland and moved to the Azores to start a new life as a…

Regulatory writing - Volume 21, Issue

The EMA, the FDA, and Health Canada head to head A recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine carried an article comparing the regulatory review times of novel therapeutics by three different regulatory agencies (FDA, EMA, and Health…

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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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