Medical Writing Editing Manuscript Writing

Volume 27, Issue 3 - Editing

Manuscript Writing


Preparing clear, convincing scientific manuscripts is a challenge. In my experience, the biggest problem for most writers is not an inability to write well in English but rather a lack of clarity regarding what their article is supposed to be about. The subject matter might be clear to them, but coming up with a clear and coherent concept for the manuscript is often challenging. Writers need to consider more than just the declared study objective (if there is one) – they need to consider what background information is essential and what the conclusions and key messages should be. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective method for sorting this all out called “the problem statement” approach, first described in Medical Writing by Marina Hurley in 2012.1


  1. Hurley M. What’s your problem? A practical approach to scientific document design. Med Writ. 2012;21(3):201–4.
  2. Leventhal PS, Gilliver SG. Getting the results of clinical research published. Medical Writing: the Backbone of Clinical Development (special edition of International Clinical Trials) 2017;37–43
  3. Leventhal PS. How to start writing a scientific manuscript. Med Writ. 2013;22(3):229-232.
  4. Leventhal PS. Guidelines for manuscript writing: Here to help. Med Writ. 2012;21(2):164–7.



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Profile: An interview with Richard Wheeler
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In the Bookstores
Lingua Franca and Beyond
Regulatory Public Disclosure
Regulatory Matters
Medical Communication
Good Writing Practice
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Getting Your Foot in the Door
My First Medical Writing
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