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Elizabeth Wager
| Author, medical writer, trainer, and publications consultant
Elizabeth Wager

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Wager is a freelance medical writer, editor, trainer, and publications consultant. After a zoology degree from Oxford she worked for Blackwell Scientific Publications editing medical books. She then worked as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry (for Janssen-Cilag then Glaxo-Wellcome). She set up her own company, Sideview, in 2001. She has run training courses for doctors, journal editors and medical writers on six continents (including courses in China, India, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Australia, the USA and all around Europe). She is a member of the ethics committees for the BMJ and the World Association of Medical Editors. From 2009-2012 she was Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She has written a book on publication strategy and co-authored one on peer review and is a co-author of Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies, the European Medical Writers Association guidelines on the role of medical writers, the Blackwell Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics and several COPE guidelines including the flowcharts. She has conducted several training programs for Editage including sessions on the following topics. 

  • Publication planning and strategy for researchers
  • Improving peer review performance (for peer reviewers)
  • Publication ethics (for researchers)
  • Publication ethic guidelines for journal editors to help them detect suspected misconduct
  • Training on COPE guidelines         

Events by this Trainer

Under Workshop | Seodaemun-gu, KR | February 03, 2017
Workshop: Trends in Academic Journal Publishing & Research Integrity
Keeping abreast of the latest trends in scholarly publication is necessary for researchers, especially ESL authors. Therefore, Editage recently conducted eight workshops on ‘Trends in Academic... Read More
Under Workshop | Tokyo, JP | April 14, 2014
Tips from the Editage workshops led Dr. Elizabeth Wager in JapanIn January 2014, Editage organized a series of workshops for researchers and journal editors at various locations in Japan and Korea.... Read More
Under Workshop | Tokyo, JP | April 07, 2014
This was a practical half-day workshop held on January 22, 2014 and covered important aspects of publication planning. Dr. Wager spoke about the different elements of a successful publication... Read More
Under Workshop | Seoul, KR | April 07, 2014
This workshop was led by Dr. Elizabeth Wager and was organized by Editage for the journal editors of the journals that belong to KAMJE (Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors).
Under Workshop | Seoul, KR | April 03, 2014
This was part of the workshop series in Korea held at Yonsei University. This workshop was divided into two parts. In the first part, Dr. Wager advised researchers on publication planning. She took... Read More
Under Workshop | Seoul, KR | April 03, 2014
In January 2014, Editage organized a series of workshops for researchers and journal editors at various locations in Japan and Korea. This workshop series was led by Dr. Elizabeth Wager. Dr. Wager... Read More

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Asst. Prof., School of Foreign Languages , Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
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Faculty of Educational Sciences, Fine Arts , Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
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Research Assistant , Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University
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Editage Webinar

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Graduate Student , University of Saskatchewan, Canada

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Urologist , Hanusch Krankenhaus Austria

Editage Webinar

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Faculty , IPEMED, Brazil

Editage Webinar

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PhD Researcher , NUI Galway, Ireland

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