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Australasian Medical Writers Association – Melbourne networking event

Posted by : scribblers on : March 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

On one of Melbourne’s warmest nights, eight AMWA members braved the heat to look for a light beverage and air-conditioned comfort at the Honey Bar in South Melbourne. Over platters of tasty food, the group talked about the perils of starting your own freelance writing business and the joy of being in control of your own destiny. A couple of members confessed to being a little nervous about attending their […]

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Study suggests medical writing can improve clinical trial reporting

Posted by : scribblers on : at 12:20 pm

Professional medical writing support and the quality of randomised controlled trial reporting: a cross-sectional study [open access] by Gattrell and colleagues. This study suggests medical writing support can play an important role in raising the quality of clinical trial reporting via: more complete reporting of clinical trial results and higher quality of written English.

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Advances in gene editing brings fears of designer babies

Posted by : scribblers on : February 3, 2016 at 4:51 pm

[AUDIO] Interviews with two of Australia’s senior research scientists about gene editing technology – story by Julie Milland and broadcast on the ABC Science Show.  

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Data metrics for research: A pilot study

Posted by : scribblers on : December 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

PLOS and partners are looking to develop a way for researchers to track the impact of their data. Rather than just citing research papers and impact factors, researchers would have another measure of how their work is influencing the world. After all, there would be no research without data. This is an innovative idea with potential to influence all areas of science and medical research. But it’s early days. Read […]

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Open Access talks fail between Elsevier and Dutch universities

Posted by : scribblers on : November 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

The association of Dutch universities (VSNU) has announced that talks with publisher Elsevier have “reached an impasse”. In a press release, the VSNU says that Dutch universities are committed to open access for academic publications, especially as much of the research is publicly funded. The VSNU has told universities to prepare to lose access to new issues of Elsevier academic journals in 2015 unless an acceptable offer is put forward […]

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International Space Station: the experiments roll on…

Posted by : scribblers on : August 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Expedition 40 has had a busy few days on the International Space Station (ISS). A spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts retrieved samples for science from the outside of the station. Astronauts also deployed a new batch of NanoRacks CubeSat mini-satellites (image credit: NASA). The CubeSats enable experiments such as observations of the Earth and advanced electronics testing. Breaking news: We are waiting for NASA to comment on reports from Russian scientists […]

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Open Access medical publishing: which model?

Posted by : scribblers on : August 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

The medical publishing industry has explored Open Access for some time amid calls for publically sponsored academic research to be freely available. But what is the best model for Open Access? The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) proposed new model licences. But a call to use Creative Commons licences for academic work is gathering pace, with more than 75 organisations signed up for a global coalition […]

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