Starting or Strengthening a Drug Bulletin - A Practical Manual
(2005; 165 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
View the documentPreface
View the documentHow the manual was produced
View the documentAbout ISDB
View the documentExecutive summary
Open this folder and view contents1. Introduction
Open this folder and view contents2. Rational use of medicines
Open this folder and view contents3. What are drug bulletins?
Open this folder and view contents4. Defining aims, target and type of bulletin
Open this folder and view contents5. Planning resources
Open this folder and view contents6. Planning bulletin production: schedules and timing
Close this folder7. The editorial process
View the document7.1 Outline of the editorial process
Open this folder and view contents7.2 Editing a drug bulletin
Close this folder7.3 Writing bulletin articles
View the document7.3.1 Finding and motivating authors
View the document7.3.2 Rewarding authors
View the document7.3.3 Writing an article
View the document7.3.4 Outlining the topic
View the document7.3.5 Searching for documentation
View the document7.3.6 The first draft
View the document7.3.7 Discuss the draft with an editor
Open this folder and view contents7.4 Reviewing the article
View the document7.5. Rewriting the article
View the document7.6 Final checks
Open this folder and view contents7.7 Follow-up after publication
View the document7.8 References
Open this folder and view contents8. Reviewing a new drug: is it a therapeutic advance?
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexe to Chapter 8: Evaluating harm
Open this folder and view contents9. Design and production
Open this folder and view contents10. Dissemination
Open this folder and view contents11. Organizational and legal issues
Open this folder and view contents12. Evaluating quality and usefulness
Open this folder and view contents13. Partnership and collaboration
Open this folder and view contents14. Keeping records and creating a memory
Open this folder and view contentsAppendix: Electronic sources of information
 

7.3.7 Discuss the draft with an editor

Before circulating a draft of an article to a group of reviewers, you may want to first go through it with the bulletin’s editor (if there are several, one of them, or the one who dealt with the outline) and revise it. When this is not feasible, you can act as your own editor after two or three nights of good sleep. The aim is to check the article carefully:

• how well does it correspond to the intended outline?
• do the documentation, analysis and the arguments used seem correct?
• does the article seem to be adapted to readers’ needs?
• is it well presented and not too difficult to read?


This first step avoids hostile reactions from external reviewers caused by circulating inadequate drafts. Reviewers may be distracted or irritated by mistakes or simple errors that could have been corrected beforehand.

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