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