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Open Medicine’s ghost and guest authorship policy

Posted Jan 19 2010 9:42am

Open Medicine’s ghost and guest authorship policy
January 19, 2010. Vol. 4(1), pp.11-12
Sally Murray, Jay Brophy, Anita Palepu

"...Ghost authorship occurs when someone makes a significant contribution to a manuscript without due acknowledgement of their role. Guest authorship, in contrast, occurs when an individual is named as an author of a manuscript when they do not meet authorship criteria. Both are disturbingly common. 1
The preliminary results of a recent survey of corresponding authors conducted by the editorial staff of JAMA found that over one-quarter of articles published in six major general medical journals in 2008 had guest authors (range by journal: 16%-39%) and nearly 10% had ghost authors (range by journal: 2%-11%). 1 The prevalence of guest authors and ghost authors was highest in Nature Medicine (39%) and New England Journal of Medicine (11%) respectively." [ rest of article here ]

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