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Writing for lay audiences - Volume 24, Issue

For most of us, medical writing is highly technical. We prepare regulatory or clinical documents or write materials targeted to medical doctors. Medical writing for lay audiences is different, and it does not come naturally to most of us because…

Learning and teaching clinical writing - Volume 22, Issue

Clinical writing, a specialised type of medical writing, refers to the types of writing health professionals use on a daily basis such as medical charts and forms. It requires knowledge of both formal and informal medical language and culture. An…

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…

Pleasing the reader by pleasing the eye—Part 1 The role of format and design in readability - Volume 21, Issue

Whoever writes wants to be read. Yet, even if we succeed in creating an informative, logically structured, and adequately worded text tailored to our target audience, i.e., text we consider to have an adequate level of readability, our documents may…

Regulatory Writing: Review process in regulatory writing - Volume 24, Issue

Recently, Phil Leventhal posed the question ‘What does it take to go from being a good medical writer to an excellent one?’ on EMWA's LinkedIn Discussion Group. My impression is that the responses were written largely with medical communications…

In the Bookstores - Volume 22, Issue

While other guides focus on how to write scientific papers, What Editors Want advises on preparing them for publication. Its authors, Philippa Benson and Susan Silver, identify their target readers as writers, senior researchers, and teachers of…

Lessons from building an accredited medical conference: Design and delivery - Volume 25, Issue

Participation in meetings and events by healthcare professionals is part of their continuing professional development, and it is a requirement for organisers to gain accreditation for continuing professional development in order to attract…

Regulatory writing basics - Volume 23, Issue

The role of a regulatory writer is to produce regulatory documents (usually taken to refer to documents that are submitted in some form to the health authorities). These documents should adhere to the relevant guidance and be fit for purpose, meani…

Writing Matters - Volume 21, Issue

Writing matters to medical writers … or at least it should. But sometimes we are more consumed with the content of a document than the writing itself. And some might even argue that detailed medical or scientific information cannot be written as…

President's Message - Volume 24, Issue

Welcome to the first issue of medical writing in 2015 on plain language, which means that this message had better be simple and easy to read. I am a huge advocate of plain writing and, as a Publication Manager, spend much of my time working with…


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