Medical Writing Medical Writing in Oncology About the Medical Writing Journal

Volume 21, Issue 1 - Medical Writing in Oncology

About the Medical Writing Journal

The official journal of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) has changed its name from The Write Stuff to Medical Writing, which is being published by Maney Publishing. This marks a leap forward for the journal, which is now in its 19th year of publication. The change of name and publisher results from EMWA's executive committee's decision to open up this valuable resource of medical writing information and education to a wider medical communication community and to fill a niche left vacant by biomedical publishing. The journal is additionally a platform for discussion in its field, covering a wide range of topics from hotly debated medical/publication ethics to the intricacies of English style and grammar.

No one disputes that medical writing is expanding at an incredible pace. Most members of EMWA work in the pharmaceutical, medical communications, or biomedical publications industries, but medical writing has a broader definition and includes communicating to the general public ever eager for health information, with social media becoming increasingly important in this respect. Indeed, medical writing includes any health communication written by academic researchers, medical practitioners, governmental departments, organizations like the WHO, NGOs, patient associations…. The list is endless and the demand for health information continues to grow.

The change of the journal's name reflects the evolution from what was born as a society newsletter and grew up to become a serious resource for an audience working in bioscience. Article format now includes an abstract and keywords, and we will no longer be publishing photographs of authors. Regular readers can rest assured that with all this grown-up seriousness we will still publish playful articles and boxes. Please keep sending amusing anecdotes, photos of funny English signs etc. to:

As before, each issue will have a theme (see box for forthcoming themes and deadlines at the end of the table of content). Original research and feature articles of interest to medical writers but outside the theme are also published. Articles are accepted from non-EMWA members. The journal also has two dedicated sections: the Freelance, or Out On Our Own, section (section editors: Raquel Billiones and Sam Hamilton) and the Translation section (section editor: Gabi Berghammer). It publishes two regular themed articles under the banners of Medical Journalism and Social Media, written by Diana Rafflesburger and Ursula Schoenberg, respectively. The regular features are Regulatory Writing (Greg Morley), Manuscript Writing (Phil Leventhal), Good Writing Practice (Alistair Reeves and Wendy Kingdom), Journal Watch (Nancy Milligan), and The Webscout (Karin Eichele). Each regular feature usually contains an article, often written by the section editor(s), followed by short articles which are contributed by readers. Book reviews are published in the In the Bookstores column; again MEW welcomes reviews from readers. Letters to the editor appear under the heading Vital signs. A Clinical Pharmacology series is provided by Graham Blakey. Finally the journal's pages are brightened up by illustrations from Anders Holmqvist.


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About the Medical Writing Journal
Oncology and medical writers
Message from the President
The war on cancer – What is the enemy, and are we winning?
Medical writing for cancer trials and submissions
Developing a treatment for ovarian cancer
The evolving landscape of medical education in oncology
Some considerations on the safety evaluation section of clinical study reports for studies with anticancer drugs
Identifying appropriate journals in which to publish original research on vaccines against human infectious diseases
New myths about English
From researcher in Europe to medical writer in India
Imaging techniques in oncology
Is cancer preventable? A literature review
A rising tide: Hospitals and social media
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Manuscript Writing
Regulatory Writing
Good Writing Practice
Out On Our Own
Translation Section


The Write Stuff Archive Contact Instructions for Authors Article Template (Word) Journal Policies

Editoral Board


Raquel Billiones


Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

Managing Editor

Victoria White

Associate Editors

Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Nicole Bezuidenhout

Claire Chang

Barbara Grossman

Sarah Milner

John Plant

Sampoorna Rappaz

Amy Whereat

Section Editors

Daniela Kamir


Jennifer Bell


Nicole Bezuidenhout 

Digital Communication

Somsuvro Basu

EMWA News 

Ana Sofia Correia 

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh 

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Louisa Ludwig-Begall / Sarah Kabani

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Layout Designer

Chris Monk