Medical Writing Authors and Authorship Gained in Translation

Volume 25, Issue 1 - Authors and Authorship

Gained in Translation


Who is qualified to author a medical translation? This is one of those topics that we often read about on professional translation forums and discussion groups. It is, indeed, a never ending discussion.


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Fifth EMWA freelance business survey
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Regulatory Writing: Authorship issues in regulatory documents
English Grammar and Style
Medical Communication
Lingua Franca and Beyond
Gained in Translation
Medical Writing Teaching
Profile: An interview with Phil Leventhal
EMWA’s 2016 Webinar Programme
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