Many professional organizations have crafted guidelines to maintain consistency and transparency for medical writing documents. A medical writer should be familiar with guidelines that are relevant to your document. Failing to adhere to these guidelines could cause delays in approving the documents or a rejected manuscript.

AIM’s response: When preparing clients’ documents, I consult data reporting guidelines (eg, EQUATOR) and publication guidelines (eg, COPE, GPP3, ICMJE, PhRMA) to ensure accurate and complete information. I work with style guides from the American Medical Association and the Council of Science Editors.

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