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Introduction

In science, clarity of expression is vital.

I am a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience in medical and scientific research, in the pharmaceutical industry and in other settings including contract research organisations (CROs), health-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), patient associations and advocacy groups, and scientific publications.

I am committed to the highest scientific and ethical standards, and have a reputation for clear communication with my colleagues and clients. English is my mother tongue, and I have a keen appreciation of precision, nuance, and clarity.

“Annette is my absolute standard of reference.”

“She is the best writer I've ever worked with.”

“Annette Dubois is what a medical writer should be.”

Although my focus has been in medical writing, I learn new material quickly and I am comfortable writing about most topics. I specialise in adapting documents to particular audiences, from experts to laypeople.

Let me bring my expertise to your projects!

Services

My main services are listed here, but please feel free to contact me if you don't see your specific needs listed.
Should I be unable to help you, I offer referrals to colleagues in a variety of research-related fields.

Writing

  • Drafting of initial documents
  • Full development of documents, including revisions
  • Rewriting existing documents to incorporate revisions

Editing and reviewing

  • Substantive editing and content critique
  • Editing for non-native English speakers
  • Copy-editing and proofreading
  • Technical editing and quality control

Consulting

  • Writing support for manuscript authors
  • Evaluating appropriateness for a given audience

Graphics and layout

  • Page layout and formatting
  • Template development
  • Preparation of charts and graphs
  • Slide presentations and posters

Translation

  • Informal translation from French to English (Note: I am not an accredited translator.)

I prepare documents in English only.

Document Types

I am familiar with document types including

  • Research documents: protocols, subject consent forms, investigator's brochures, and manuals of operations
  • Regulatory documents: study reports, clinical summaries and overviews, integrated summaries, briefing books, and responses to health authority questions
  • Publications: research reports, manuscripts, conference materials (abstracts and posters)
  • Scientific and health-related documents for the general public: patient education materials, newsletters, and press releases and articles for the media
  • Patient narratives
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Website content
  • Academic theses and dissertations (review and English editing only)

This list is not exhaustive: please ask me about other types of documents. I welcome new challenges!

I am fully conversant with Good Clinical Practice, guidance for research ethics, and guidance for medical publications.

Topics

I have worked in most major therapeutic areas, including autoimmune and inflammatory disease, rheumatology, neurology, cardiology, infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS), gastroenterology, endocrinology, reproductive health, and oncology.

I have also written about topics including public health and international development, sociology and cultural studies, computer science, and renewable energy technologies.

I enjoy opportunities to learn about new fields.

Fees

The cost of your project will depend on the amount and type of work involved, its complexity, and your specific requirements. Fees may be calculated in one of the following ways:

  • Rate per hour for writing, editing, or translation of individual documents
  • A negotiated price for the entire project for long-term, complex projects

Reduced rates are available for non-profits and other clients with limited budgets.

I will do my utmost to complete your project within the agreed budget and timelines, and to inform you of any difficulties as soon as possible.

Contact

Please contact me to find out what I can bring to your project or organisation. I will handle all of your documents and correspondence in strict confidentiality.

Luminaria Science WritingAnnette Dubois
63 boulevard Carl-Vogt1205 Geneva Switzerland
+41 (0)79 960 66 67

I am a member of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA).
I adhere to the charter of APRÈS-GE, the Chambre de l'économie sociale et solidaire (Chamber of Commerce for a Social and Solidarity-Oriented Economy) of the Geneva region.