A Manuscript (MSCT) is the work that an author submits to a publisher, editor, or producer for publication in a scientific journal. Typically, it contains an introduction, a highly selective presentation of scientific findings (e.g. results of a clinical study) followed by an extensive discussion and review of literature, which are supported by key literature references. In addition, a MSCT contains a method section detailing the methods used to obtain the presented results.
Many publishers have extensive ‘instructions to authors’ and require authors to submit MSCTs within their respective guidelines. Medical writers can ensure a MSCT satisfies all journal requirements, conveys the key messages in a logical structure, and uses a clear and concise writing style, while being conform with the latest spelling and grammar rules. In this manner, medical writers can facilitate expedited publication of scientific results.