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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…

A first-timer's perspective on the 2013 EMWA conference in Barcelona - Volume 23, Issue

This story may sound familiar. Having spent my entire career on the academic bench, I decided it was time for a change. I still want to use my brain, I still want to be a part of the biomedical sciences, but I am ready to put the pipette down for…

Quality control: getting the best out of your review - Volume 21, Issue

In medical writing, quality control (QC) means ensuring that a document's content, style, and format are of high quality. This does not just ‘happen’ but is the result of a systemic QC review. These reviews are critical because mistakes can cause…

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…

The Write Stuff Archive

The Write Stuff Archive The Write Stuff was the name of EMWA’s journal starting in 1998 and up until the name was changed to Medical Writing in 2012. This archive contains issues of The Write Stuff dating back to 2002. Volume: 20 | Issue: 4 |…

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors SCOPE Medical Writing , the official journal of EMWA (the European Medical Writers Association), is a quarterly journal that aims to educate, inform, and entertain medical writers. Medical Writing publishes themed issues…

Profile - Volume 26, Issue

The new European medical device regulation and guidance document on clinical evaluation An Interview with Dr Bassil Akra The successor of the currently applicable Medical Device Directives (MDD 93/42/EEC and 90/385/EE) combines both directives…

EMWA News - Volume 26, Issue

In this issue, we are bringing to you many updates on different aspects relevant to our medical writing community. Tim Koder from Oxford PharmaGenesis introduces the Open Pharma project, which aims to promote and aid a faster and more transparent…

EMA releases the revised Good Pharmacovigilance Practices Module V – updated guidance on risk management plans - Volume 26, Issue

Recently, the EMA released the revised Module V – Risk Management Systems (Rev 2) of Good Pharmacovigilance Practices (GVP) accompanied by a revised version of the guidance on the format of the risk management plan (RMP) in the EU – in integrated…

In the Bookstores - Volume 26, Issue

A research paper is often the culmination of years’ worth of data and experiments, successes and failures, doubts and triumphs, as well as a balancing act between many different opinions from different authors. Writing one can be a daunting task,…

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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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