AMWA Blog

    Understanding Authorship in a Changing World

    AMWA acknowledges the contributions of Crystal Herron PHD, ELS, as lead content developer, and Michelle Sauer Gehring PHD, ELS, for peer review, in the development of this AMWA resource.

    As the world moves in a more interconnected, digital, and collaborative direction, best practices in authorship have become less straightforward. 

    Medical writers may find themselves contributing to manuscripts in many ways and might encounter problematic examples of ghost authorship, gift authorship, and guest authorship.

    January 31, 2024 at 9:00 AM

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    The CONSORT Statement: A Standard for Reporting Randomized Controlled Trials

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the foundation for advancing clinical practice. However, not all RCTs are created equal. To communicate how an RCT was designed and what it found, authors must report clear and accurate information about its methodology and results. Unfortunately, many reviews have shown that authors often don’t provide complete and transparent information about the clinical trial, which can lead to misinterpretation of the validity and reliability of the results. 

    April 3, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    ICMJE Authorship Guidelines and Acknowledging Non-author Contributions

    Scientific manuscripts are rarely the work of one author. They are the result of complex collaborative relationships. This reality begs the questions: Who is the author of a scientific manuscript? When is someone credited as an author, and when are they considered a non-author contributor?

    February 20, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    Bringing Structure to Scientific Manuscripts: What Is IMRAD?

    One of the most useful acronyms in a medical communicator’s toolkit is IMRAD. 

    It stands for the sections of a scientific research paper: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

    January 23, 2023 at 9:00 AM

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    How to Master Scientific Publications: A Medical Writer’s Bag of Tricks

    This article is based on content presented by Monica Nicosia, PhD, Nicosia Medical Writer LLC, Bryn Mawr, PA, at the AMWA Medical Writing & Communication Conference.

    Writing for scientific publications is at the heart of the medical writer’s mission.  

    What are these publications looking for? And how can medical communicators streamline and improve the process to deliver excellent copy and increase the likelihood of publication?

    April 4, 2022 at 8:30 AM

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    Writing Excellent Conference and Meeting Abstracts

    How do medical communicators distill the results of complex studies into just a few hundred words? 

    Many times, they do it by writing conference or meeting abstracts.

    December 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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