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The joys of outlining in medical writing - Volume 21, Issue

Using an outline to organize your writing project can help keep you on a straight path and avoid wandering into wastelands of irrelevance. There are various formats – the classic hierarchal model, the IMRAD system used for research reports, the…

The request for proposal process: A brief overview for trainee medical writers - Volume 25, Issue

This article gives an overview of the request for proposal (RFP) process, which can often be challenging for those new to medical communications. Four key areas are outlined: understanding the RFP process, teamwork, the pitch process, and seeking…

Ethical challenges in acknowledging professional writing support - Volume 29, Issue

Professional medical writers have an important role in facilitating the accurate and timely dissemination of medical and scientific data. This support should be appropriately acknowledged in peer-reviewed publications, but guidance on how to…

Lay summaries and writing for patients: Where are we now and where are we going? - Volume 28, Issue

We examine the trend for increasing and more transparent patient information and ask how close we have come in the last few years to producing useful and meaningful information for patients. We also outline the challenges faced by medical writers…

Mentoring tomorrow’s medical writers - Volume 26, Issue

Mentoring may be valuable to today’s students who are considering their future career options in an increasingly competitive, demanding, and challenging world. This article outlines the author’s experience of mentoring tomorrow’s medical writers,…

Science journalism: In search of a new identity - Volume 26, Issue

Abstract Science journalism is undergoing a major transition due to changes in the relationship between science and society and dissemin - ation via digital and connective technologies, as is the case with other branches of journalism. The changes…

Lingua Franca and Beyond - Volume 24, Issue

It is my real pleasure to welcome you to the second issue of Lingua Franca and Beyond, a regular feature of Medical Writing for non-native English speaking medical writers. As soon as I'd written those words, I realised that this section should not…

The perils of the unknown: Missing data in clinical studies - Volume 27, Issue

The phenomenon of missing data is ubiquitous in clinical studies. Both the extent of missing data and the structure of missing data can introduce bias into study results and lead to wrong conclusions. Medical writers should be aware of the extent of…

Structuring paragraphs - Volume 26, Issue

Paragraphs are meant to make a text understandable and readable, and to help tell the story. Key aspects of good paragraphs include using topic sentences and story structures. Starting with an outline or a planand using it to build to topic…

Potential implications of wider data transparency in medical communications - Volume 22, Issue

The current medical communication environment is characterised by growing calls for increased data transparency. There are ongoing concerns about the selective publication of trial results and the potential impact on use of medicines by prescribers…

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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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