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
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