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Finding the action in your writing: Avoiding nominalisation - Volume 26, Issue

Dense, hard-to-follow writing obfuscates complex subject matter, but writers can improve their ability to communicate complex topics with clear writing that is easily understood on a first read. Science and medical  writing often contain grammatical…

Getting what you want from your scientific writing: tips for writing clearly - Volume 21, Issue

Good medical writing is like good writing in any discipline: the writer should explain complex concepts and ideas clearly and accurately and engage the reader. In this article, I provide four suggestions to help clarify writing on complex subjects:…

How to shorten a text by up to 30% and improve clarity without losing information - Volume 26, Issue

What if everything you read was up to 30% shorter and more easily understood? What if everything you wrote was up to 30% shorter and more easily understood? Would that be a skill worth developing? Would  your employer or clients notice if your work…

Visualisations in science communication: Friend or foe? - Volume 29, Issue

An image is worth a thousand words. This saying is easily disregarded as a cliché in today’s extremely visual world, but it may ring truer than ever. With the vast amounts of information reaching us every day, visualisations are increasingly…

Digitalisation in long-term care: An issue for medical writers? - Volume 28, Issue

Digitalisation within the healthcare sector, particularly in long-term care, comes with implementation problems. Accepting digitalisation in caregiving as patient and healthcare professional depends on the understanding of the scope and application…

The COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for digitalisation and remote working in Germany - Volume 31, Issue

Remote working is ideal for medical writers, but up until a few years ago, was not widely available to those looking for a remote position with a German employer. Even though Germany is a developed country, its digitalisation has long been lagging,…

Good Writing Practice - Volume 27, Issue

Nominalisation is the transformation of a precise verb into another sentence constituent, usually a noun (nominalisation), sometimes an adjective (adjectivalisation). This syntactic transformation elicits the grammatical necessity to add…

India as a hub for ethical and evidence-based medical communications - Volume 22, Issue

Ethical and evidence-based medical communications are gaining increasing importance in emerging pharmaceutical markets, outside of North America and Western Europe. In large pharmaceutical companies resources are limited, and small and mid-sized…

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…

Profile: An interview with Laura Carolina Collada Ali: On the peculiarities of working for independent research organisations - Volume 24, Issue

Laura C Collada Ali wears different hats: she is a medical writer plus a medical translator, and has extensive experience delivering multilingual authoring and translation services across a wide range of independent research organisations. She is a…

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