Medical Editing Tips

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Published on November 2, 2018

Author: cognibrain

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Slide 1: Medical Editing Step-by-Step Guide Slide 2: Medical Editing Whether you have written a manuscript, thesis, or a dissertation, it needs to be edited and proofread. You can’t publish your research without this revision process. In fact, good papers always stem from good editing. But, the biggest dilemma! How easy it is to pick up your own mistakes? Slide 3:   Medical editing  should always comprise of three passes of your document First pass to catch major errors Second pass to catch minor errors and A final proofread Slide 4: 1) Conduct a First Pass Ensure effective organization Check the flow and tone Check for grammar and spellings Ensure concision Check your punctuation’s  Review your citations and references Check the figures and tables Check the lists and equations  Refer to any specific instructions  Take notes about the document Slide 5: a) Ensure effective organization An organized document ensures that the message is presented in the most logical and clear way. Depending upon the type of document you are writing, check whether it’s properly structured. Check each paragraph, headings, and lists. Make sure their format follows your required style guide. Slide 6: b) Check the flow and tone Flow and tone are the hardest elements of the English language. Read out your sentences aloud and you will be able to pick up any awkward sentence constructions. Avoid writing long sentences. Slide 7: c) Check for grammar and spellings You can use an automatic spell-checker to catch these types of problems, but they are not perfect. You must review your writing word by word to ensure that the spellings and grammar are perfect. Plus, make sure you are consistent in the spellings according to the type of English you have chosen. Slide 8: d) Ensure concision Avoid any redundancy in the content. If you’ve already covered a topic, do not write about it again. Also, make sure that no word is overused or too repetitive in your document. Slide 9: e) Check your punctuation’s The specific punctuation issues to check are the exclamation marks, comma, semicolon, and a full stop. Consider the conventions of the English language to check these. Slide 10: f) Review your citations and references Cross-check the in-text citations against the reference list. If you miss out a reference in the list, but have cited in the text, add it to the list. Check all the author names, years, and add the necessary reference information to avoid accidental plagiarism. Slide 11: g) Check the figures and tables If your document includes figures and tables, review them and their description in the text. Make sure you have mentioned them in the text prior to their placement. Avoid using acronyms in figures and tables or their titles. Slide 12: h) Check the lists and equations If your document has any lists/ equations, format and number them consistently through the document. Slide 13:   i ) Refer to any specific instructions Do you have any specific journal guidelines to follow in  writing your medical document ?   If yes, ensure you follow them completely, whether it’s regards to the word count or the document format. Slide 14:  j) Take notes about the document Elaboration of a particular idea Clarification of a particular context Specifying the subjects in a sentence Rearranging/ deleting any sections Slide 15: 2) Conduct a Second Pass In the second pass, review the entire document once again, paying attention to the details outlined above, especially the clarity and the flow. Correct any errors you might have missed. Slide 16: 3) Conduct a Final Proofread After the second pass, it’s time to review the whole document for the final time, checking for any missed or introduced errors. And Voila! You have finished your medical editing process and have a document that is ready to submit to the journal. Slide 17: Conclusion Medical editing is more of an art and can’t be learnt overnight. It’s easy to make mistakes or skip your own errors in writing, especially if English is not your first language. If medical editing is not your cup of tea or you have deadlines to meet, get it done from a professional  medical editing services .  Slide 18: Email ID: project@cognibrain.com Phone: 044-49595223 Visit us: https://www.cognibrain.com/

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