Evidence Based Editing

Tom Lang

Tom Lang Communications

Finely crafted medical writing-
Because publication is the final stage of research.

15 April 2002

Evidence-based editing is the use of research findings and theories of composition to improve the comprehension, recall, referenceability, and usability of written communication. Drawing on research in several fields, such as perceptual psychology, human factors research, graphic design, and reading, Mr Lang examined several beliefs about writing that are and are not supported by the research. Specific applications showing how the evidence can be applied by writers and editors was discussed. Mr Lang has kindly given permission to put the handout of his presentation on the MITA website.

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