The publisher of Annals of Epidemiology, Prof. Richard Rothenberg, imparted the course Scientific Writing and Editing in the 13th edition of the Summer School of Public Health in Maó (Minorca) on September 18-20. This Professor of the Emory University School of Medicine also discussed aspects of scientific writing, i.e. the commonest errors involved in writing a study, or the possibility of favoring the author’s creativity without putting at risk the fidelity to scientific data.