Reducing Reliance on PowerPoint Slides

At the national conference, Eric Bergman, author of 5 Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint,’ presented an open session that stood the concept of PowerPoint presentations on its head when he pointed out that audience members do not have the cognitive...

Know your Strengths and Weaknesses

As I just mentioned, the early part of the year is a good time to honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Do your current projects take advantage of your strengths? Do they allow you to work on your weaknesses?   Remember– Everyone has strengths...

The RIGHT Way for Handling Ethical Issues

Whenever we deal with an ethical issue it is good to have a format to approach these issues. A few years ago I worked with American Medical Writer Association (AMWA) colleagues to develop a framework for dealing with ethical issues, and I want to share it with you. We...

Plagiarism is more than you think!

With all the shenanigans going on in Washington, it is fitting to write a newsletter tip on another ethical topic, plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit...

Don’t ghostwrite, follow ICMJE guidelines

Ghostwriting has received a lot of attention recently. To make sure we are talking about the same issues, let’s start with definitions:   Ghostwriting itself is defined by the American Medical Writers Association as presenting the author’s work...

Ethics – Staying Ethical and Getting Published

This month I want to recap the Publishing 101 session I attended at Experimental Biology ’13 in Boston on Monday, April 22, 2013. This session expands on some of the tips I have been discussing over the past few months.   Publishing 101 was sponsored by the...

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