Whether you are new to writing manuscripts or a seasoned author there is always room for improvement. For those who have never, or hardly ever, published an article in a peer-reviewed journal medical writing can be an overwhelming task. How do you start and what needs to go in? Which parts do you write first and what is the best way to present your data?  For those people, I can provide guidance from start to finish.  Or provide feedback at several steps during the process.

Medical writing and editing

For scientists and MDs who do have lots of data but no time to write, or who just hate writing (I know several), I can write the first draft of a manuscript along lines we discuss in advance or finish some of the half-written manuscripts that are piling up on your desk. For scientists for whom English is not their first language or the Latin alphabet is not even their first alphabet, writing scientific articles in English can be very challenging.

I can provide basic or in-depth editing to make sure the manuscript can be published in a good peer-reviewed journal.  A last polish of your manuscript before submitting is not a bad idea either. I recently received a manuscript that was ´ready to be submitted´ to a high impact journal. When reading it I found errors ranging from incorrect figure numbers to missing experiments in the materials and methods section. We all tend to overlook mistakes when we have looked at a manuscript a hundred times.

Submission of your manuscript

Once you have written your manuscript I can help you select a couple of peer-reviewed journals of which the scopes fit with the subject of your research. I can write a cover letter and submit the article for you. If your manuscript has been peer-reviewed I can help you revise the manuscript based on the reviewers´ comments and write a reply to the reviewers.

Medical Writing - publications by Esther van de Vosse

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Medical writing services I offer

Editing of manuscripts, from the last check just before submitting your manuscript to a journal, to professional in-depth editing:

o             Basic editing: includes simple proofreading as well as basic editing to obtain a grammatically correct and professionally polished scientific document. Includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, verb tense consistency, noun-verb agreement, and formatting consistency.

o             Advanced editing: In addition to the above basic editing service, the manuscript will be edited for clarity and style at the sentence level and will include rewriting sentences. It includes editing at the document level. May include significant editing and reorganization of paragraphs to improve clarity, as well as suggestions for additional research, and changes in the presentation of tables and graphs.

Coaching the writing of articles and reviews. I can provide daily, weekly, or occasional feed-back on your manuscript.

Statistical analysis of biological data and preparation of the accompanying graphs.

Graph and Table preparation or reformatting.

Submission of your manuscript for publication. This may also include journal selection,  formatting of the manuscript according to the journal’s style, and writing a cover letter.

You can always contact me to discuss what services you need, how much time it will take, and what the costs would be.