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Volume 24, Issue 2 - Risk Management

Manuscript Writing

Abstract

Medical writers with little experience of writing manuscripts can struggle to organise their thoughts. Linking the information within the different sections of a manuscript can be referred to as ‘manuscript flow’. This article is the last of a series of four articles on manuscript flow. Article one focused on the introduction,1 article two on the methods,2 and article three on the results.3 The focus here is the discussion, the manuscript section that many find most challenging.

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  3. Leventhal P. A guideline for manuscript flow. Part 3 – The results. Med Writing. 2014;23(1):69–70.
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