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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…

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…

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…

Career opportunities in medical device writing: Employee and freelance perspectives - Volume 28, Issue

Many regulatory medical writers start their careers in pharma. Whilst many continue in pharma, some also work in medical devices and an increasing number are switching to medical device writing. This article explores how and why writers might move…

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…

Gained in Translation - Volume 24, Issue

Welcome to my second Gained in Translation editorial! Translation consulting networks are an interesting ‘assisted-translation tool’, which have had a remarkable appeal for professionals in the field since the late 1990s. Newsgroups, online…

Out On Our Own - Volume 24, Issue

None of us like to think of getting older, and retirement may seem like a long way off for many. However, planning for your pension is critical if you want to ensure greater financial freedom without the need to take on so much work later in life.…

Out on Our Own - Volume 24, Issue

With spring comes a renewed sense of optimism. A good time, perhaps, to review where we are in our businesses and consider how we can improve. Michelle Storm Lane of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) provides…

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…

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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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