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Title: 6 Tips to Speed up your Medical Editing Process


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6 Tips to Speed up your Medical Editing Process
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  • As a medical writer, your task is not only to
    write scientific research papers but also to
    catch and correct all the errors in writing,
    large and small.
  • Its your job to make sure that months or even
    years of hard work you put in writing doesnt go
    waste by small imperfections that can make a bad
    impression on the journal editor.
  • Even a trifling mistake can distract the readers
    from the overall quality of your writing. 

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  • For example, if you forget to define an
    abbreviation, if one of your collaborators
    hyphenates an investigational drug name while the
    others do not, the journal editor and other
    authorities might lose trust in your data and
    research document.
  • Medical editing is the last task in scientific
    writing but can take up a major chunk of your
    time. And if you are not careful about doing it
    right, it may cost you approval by the journal.
  • Deadlines are near and pressure intense! In such
    a scenario, how will you ensure timely submission
    of your paper with perfect writing?

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Checklist of the things you need to check while
editing your document
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1) Follow the appropriate style guide
  • The most common style guide for academic
    and scientific writing is the AMA Manual of Style
    (10th edition, 2007), published by the American
    Medical Association.
  • If your clients use a particular style guide,
    learn that style. Create different customised
    style sheets for different clients. In this way,
    you wont have to refer back to the guide
    repeatedly for rules and regulations of that
    style.

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2) Pay attention to the abbreviations
  • When you use an abbreviation the first time in a
    document, write it in full followed by the
    abbreviation in parentheses. After that, use only
    the abbreviation. However, for regulatory
    documents, define the abbreviation in the
    synopsis as well.
  • If you use a lot of abbreviations in your
    document, its advisable to create a table of
    abbreviations at the beginning of the document.
    Make this table of abbreviations before you write
    your research document. In this way, you wont
    miss out on any abbreviation and save time while
    editing the document.

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3) Have consistency in numerals 
  • The usually followed AMA style of writing
    requires numbers to be written as numerals.
  • For example, 3 instead of three except at the
    beginning of a sentence or when consecutive
    numerals would cause confusion.
  • AMA style does not use commas in large numbers
    and asks to use narrow spaces between clusters of
    three digits (eg, 35 000 rather than 35,000).

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4) Check for the overall consistency
  • Should section headings be capitalized in your
    document?
  • What about the table and figure titles?
  • Whatever be your choice, make it consistent
    throughout the document and always check again at
    the end. 

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5) Pay attention to the preferred terminology
  • You must use words and phrases with care in
    medical writing.
  • For example, people enrolled in a clinical trial
    study are called subjects or  participants.
    You cant use the term patients for them as
    they are not receiving any medical treatment.

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6) Remove notes, comments and place markers
  • After manually editing your document, use
    Microsoft Word to perform an extra check on the
    changes you make. Any comments or notes on the
    tracked changes must be removed before finalising
    your document for submission.
  • Last but not least use software to aid in your
    medical editing process. You should not rely on
    the software program alone as it wont check the
    accuracy of the scientific data or craft a
    coherent message in a regulatory submission.

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  • Good software provides those fresh pair of
    digital eyes and gives you the confidence to
    correct your mistakes quickly and easily, saving
    time and allowing you to focus on higher aspects
    of content and language.
  • So, next time when you sit down to edit your
    written scientific document, keep this medical
    editing checklist in mind and take help of
    reliable software to automate and correct the
    small mistakes that take up your time. Looking
    for experts to help contact our medical editing
    services experts at Cognibrain.

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