Dr Iain Patten is an independent writing consultant working primarily with researchers in the natural sciences. He originally trained as a biomedical scientist and undertook research in neuroscience and embryology in the UK, USA, and Spain before shifting his attention to research communication. His work focuses primarily on helping authors to understand their own writing process and engage more effectively with it. The goal of this approach is to produce independent writers who are able to generate well-structured, clearly written articles as part of their normal professional activity. In parallel, he provides training and consultancy for group leaders and institute directors designed to help them develop a strategic approach to managing writing and publication and to work effectively with their groups to implement that vision.