Medical Writing Software for Medical Writers Out On Our Own

Volume 23, Issue 1 - Software for Medical Writers

Out On Our Own




Welcome to the first edition of Out On Our Own (OOOO) for 2014. OOOO is packed with something for everyone! For the tech-savvy, Jane Tricker ends her excellent series on social media for freelancers, with a look at its potential role in training and ongoing educational and professional development. With social media and other online networks providing platforms for sourcing and recruitment of contractors, Martina Reiter explores the concept of freelancing networks in selected northern European countries. Meanwhile, Alistair Reeves and Susanne Geercken begin a new series that will explore language resources, starting with the basic language resources for medical writers that they consider their personal ‘best friends’!

We are always interested to hear what our freelance colleagues get up to in their spare time. Gina Dungworth, a qualified veterinarian, provides an insight into the diverse range of blogs and articles she produces when not authoring healthcare documents.

Freelancing can be a solitary occupation, so it is heartening to hear of initiatives and organisations that make us feel part of a group – to know that we are not alone in the challenges we face. This issue we welcome John Brazier, who many of you will have heard speak at the Freelance Business Forum (FBF) in Manchester in May 2013. John is actively involved in promoting the ‘voice of the freelancer’ through his involvement in organisations across Europe such as PCG and EFIP in the UK. In this, his first article of a new series, he describes the ‘power of the collective voice’.

May is nearly upon us, and we look forward to seeing you at the FBF in Budapest on Thursday 15 May 2014 from 17.15 to 18.45. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to meet up with friends and colleagues, to share ideas and ask questions within a supportive environment.

Kathryn White

Sam Hamilton



In this issue of Medical Writing
Message from the President
EMWA social media team
News from the EMA
Taming Microsoft Word®
The secrets of Microsoft Word®. Part I – ‘Find and Replace’ and en-dashes
Organising the review process in Microsoft Word®
Document templates for medical writers
Getting more out of PowerPoint®
Consolidated data analysis and presentation using an open-source add-in for the Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet software
Datavision™ – What do medical writers need to know?
Software for translators
Graphing software for medical writers
A medical writer's must-have software
Zotero: A free and open-source reference manager
Origin and development of English for Medical Purposes. Part I: Research on written medical discourse
Profile: An interview with Karina Ruth Tabacinic on some fundamental concerns of medical translation
A first-timer's perspective on the 2013 EMWA conference in Barcelona
English Grammar and Style
Regulatory Writing
The Webscout
Medical Communications
In the Bookstores
Manuscript Writing
Out On Our Own


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