Staking your reputation on a medical claim

One important aspect of writing a manuscript that every medical writer should keep in mind, aside from accurately portraying the clinical research findings of course, is to make it memorable. In other words, the ‘message’ should be as compelling, clear and thought-provoking as possible, and the text shouldn’t get too bogged down in exploring every single related issue. Read more

Why we should publish the unpublished in medical research

In our previous blog post, we talked about the changes in medical science publishing over the past 20 years that led to the rise of open access journals. Here we talk to, Alessandro Diana, a paediatrician at University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland, and founder of the novel online journal Unpublished Articles in Science (UNAIS). Read more

The long road to democracy in medical publishing

The question of where a medical writer or clinician should submit their clinical research paper for publication is one of constant evolution and occasional revolution. Once upon a time, but in reality only twenty years ago, medical science journals were published exclusively in print by prestigious houses that acted as both curators and guardians of medical knowledge. If accessing their papers via databases in silent libraries was difficult enough, getting your study published in one was another matter entirely. To say the process was opaque is putting it kindly. Read more

International Cartilage Repair Society chooses as the medical writing provider for patient education project

We are pleased to announce that our agency has been chosen as the medical writing provider for the new patient eduction project of the International Cartilage Repair Society. The mission of the International Cartilage Repair Society is to advance science & education in cartilage repair worldwide.

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Increase your chances for publication by considering different article types

Before clinical research material can be submitted to a journal for publication, the first stage for the medical writer is to decide what form the manuscript should take. Journals publish several different types of articles for communicating results and ideas, and these roughly correspond to different the types of investigation and analysis. Read more

Writing a good scientific abstract shouldn’t drive the medical writer to distraction

There are many aspects the medical writer needs to consider when writing medical and scientific manuscripts, but one of the most challenging is when it comes to writing the abstract. Although typically the shortest part of the paper, the abstract receives a disproportionate amount of attention for its size, and is used to make decisions about the value of medical research that far outweigh the emphasis placed upon it when writing the manuscript. Read more

Making your scientific poster stand out from the crowd

For the clinical researcher hoping to find a wider audience for their findings, a national or international medical conference may offer the ideal first step before considering submitting a paper to a journal. Aside from giving a presentation during a session, an interactive and versatile way of communicating your results is through a scientific poster. Read more

Taking a risk over assessing outcomes in clinical research

At first glance, it would seem that the most important part of clinical research is making sure that you gather the right data to accurately measure the outcome you are testing. In some ways, it is the crucial stage, as it is not possible to properly perform the subsequent analyses without it. Read more

How understanding the evidence helps the medical writer

As a medical writer, one of the most essential tools to have at your disposal is not the ability to build an argument up from its raw elements to a brilliant conclusion or even to a wide-ranging vocabulary that can make a piece of medical writing shine, but to be able to understand what you are looking at. Read more

Rejection is always hard to take (especially from a journal)

The intended final stage of a clinical research project is, of course, the writing up of the results and their publication in a medical journal. After all, decision and policy makers, as well as clinicians, medical writers and other researchers, rely on the publication of healthcare evidence in medical literature for their information. Read more