However experienced you are, and whatever ‘level’ medical writer you may be, we all share the same pain… document review processes. Every medical writer has at least one horror story related to review cycles going awry, and the mere mention of reviewing will elicit a universal paling and shuddering around EMWA – not because we are precious about our work, but because of the havoc and heartache that poor reviewing practices leave in their wake. If you are reading this in blissful ignorance of the woes of a terrible review cycle experience, be warned – your own tailor-made horror story is waiting for you around the corner, like Freddie Krueger at Halloween….
But fear not! This issue's contributor is here to banish your fears. In his article, Douglas Fiebig from Trilogy Writing explains clearly the problems that woeful review cycle practices can cause. His brave and honest real-life examples are not for the faint hearted, but he lays out his six ‘vital ingredients’ for great review cycle processes, along with his reasoning for why they are so important.
There IS light at the end of the review cycle process tunnel – now all we have to do is convince our reviewers to follow it…