Before you start to write a manuscript, it is important to think about the following points.
1. What is my main objective?
2. What information do I want to communicate?
3. Who is my target audience?
This kind of advice is mentioned in every book and website about medical/scientific writing, but it is of fundamental importance and is ignored too often.
Your objective and the information you wish to communicate will depend on your own circumstances, so let’s consider the target audience. For everyone, the target audience is probably researchers in the same field who can read reports in English. These people could be based anywhere in the world and many will not be native English speakers.
So thinking about the target audience suggests that writing clear, simple, and correct English is going to give you the best chance of communicating your message without misunderstanding. Unfortunately, there are a few barriers that need to be overcome to achieve this.
Next we will talk about the "Barriers to communication".