What should be done to tackle ghostwriting in the medical literature?

Gøtzsche, Peter C., Kassirer, Jerome P., Woolley, Karen L., Wager, Elizabeth, Jacobs, Adam, Gertel, Art and Hamilton, Cindy (2009) What should be done to tackle ghostwriting in the medical literature?. PLoS Medicine, 6 2: 0122-0125. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000023

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Author Gøtzsche, Peter C.
Kassirer, Jerome P.
Woolley, Karen L.
Wager, Elizabeth
Jacobs, Adam
Gertel, Art
Hamilton, Cindy
Title What should be done to tackle ghostwriting in the medical literature?
Journal name PLoS Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1549-1277
Publication date 2009-02
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000023
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 0122
End page 0125
Total pages 4
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Abstract Ghostwriting occurs when someone makes substantial contributions to a manuscript without attribution or disclosure. It is considered bad publication practice in the medical sciences, and some argue it is scientific misconduct. At its extreme, medical ghostwriting involves pharmaceutical companies hiring professional writers to produce papers promoting their products but hiding those contributions and instead naming academic physicians or scientists as the authors. To improve transparency, many editors' associations and journals allow professional medical writers to contribute to the writing of papers without being listed as authors provided their role is acknowledged. This debate examines how best to tackle ghostwriting in the medical literature from the perspectives of a researcher, an editor, and the professional medical writer.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article # e1000023

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Editorial
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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Created: Wed, 05 Oct 2011, 13:03:01 EST by Karen Woolley on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences