When editors write and authors edit—experimenting with
collaboration in scientific research communication

METM 06, Barcelona
27-28 October 2006

Valerie Matarese
Friday 27, 11:50-13:00, Room 2

Composing a research paper is a daunting task for those who lack training in scholarly communication. This is especially true in Italy where scientific research quality is high but inadequate English language skills hinder both reading and writing the research literature. In this scenario, authors' editors may become true consultants in scientific communication, no longer working on the “final” manuscript but advising and assisting throughout the writing process. In this presentation, I will reflect upon 2 years of regular consulting with a large research group. In particular, I will illustrate the different skills required (i.e. writing techniques and understanding of issues of authorship, conflict of interest, bias, peer review), the subtleties of interacting with researchers, and the questions remaining on how to best manage this responsibility. I hope that the presentation stimulates discussion regarding the roles, opportunities and limits of a “team writer” or “writing coach”.

Valerie Matarese, biomedical editing, writing and information research
UpTo infotechnologies, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy