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Volume 26, Issue 3 - Observational Studies

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Abstract

A research paper is often the culmination of years’ worth of data and experiments, successes and failures, doubts and triumphs, as well as a balancing act between many different opinions from different authors. Writing one can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. Even though most manuscripts are structured in the introduction, methods, results, and discussion format (IMRAD format), jargon and genre norms can confuse first-time writers. And in a world where a single journal (PLOS ONE) publishes 80 scientific papers daily, the inexperienced researcher – perhaps writing in their second or third language – may have trouble sorting out the good examples from the bad. Unfortunately, there is a sea of bad examples so immense that it may unmoor even the experienced writer, sending them adrift in the waters of nonsense. The eighth edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Barbara Gastel and Robert A. Day is the life raft meant to save the scientific writer from these unsavoury waters and deliver them safely to the shores of clarity.

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Observations and Observational Studies
President's Message
EMWA News
RCTs: Can the treatment work? Patient registries: Does the treatment work?
Odd cases and risky cohorts: Measures of risk and association in observational studies
Guidance for the design and analysis of observational studies: The STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies (STRATOS) initiative
Guidelines for disclosing the results from observational trials
Registration and ethics committee approval for observational studies: Current status and way forward
Regulatory submissions of non-interventional post-authorisation safety studies
Reporting non-interventional post-authorisation safety studies (NI-PASS)
Patient-reported outcomes: How useful are they?
EMA releases the revised Good Pharmacovigilance Practices Module V – updated guidance on risk management plans
Mentoring tomorrow’s medical writers
ICMJE to mandate data sharing statements
News from the EMA
Journal Watch
Getting Your Foot in the Door
In the Bookstores
Regulatory Matters
Medical Communications
The Webscout
Teaching Medical Writing
Good Writing Practice
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Raquel Billiones

Co-Editors

Evguenia Alechine

Jonathan Pitt

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Victoria White

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Alicia Waltman

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Anuradha Alahari

Jennifer Bell

Clare Chang

Barbara Grossman

Daniela Nakagawa

Joselita T. Salita

Petal Smart

Amy Whereat

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Nicole Bezuidenhout 

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Somsuvro Basu

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Aurélie Gobet / Paolo Rega

Gained in Translation

Ivana Turek

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

Alison McIntosh / Stephen Gilliver

In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Phil Leventhal

Manuscript Writing

Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Namrata Upadhyay

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Laura Kehoe

Out on Our Own

Tiziana von Bruchhausen

Pharmacovigilance

Jennifer Morris

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

Kimi Uegaki

The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Jennifer Bell / Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

Editors Emeritus

Elise Langdon-Neuner

Phil Leventhal

Lay out Designer

Chris Monk