Mythbusting medical writing: goodbye, ghosts! Hello, help!

Hamilton, Cindy W., Gertel, Art, Jacobs, Adam, Marchington, Jackie, Weaver, Shelley and Woolley, Karen (2016) Mythbusting medical writing: goodbye, ghosts! Hello, help!. Accountability in Research, 23 3: 178-194. doi:10.1080/08989621.2015.1088788

Author Hamilton, Cindy W.
Gertel, Art
Jacobs, Adam
Marchington, Jackie
Weaver, Shelley
Woolley, Karen
Title Mythbusting medical writing: goodbye, ghosts! Hello, help!
Journal name Accountability in Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-5815
Publication date 2016-05-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08989621.2015.1088788
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 178
End page 194
Total pages 17
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract To meet ethical and scientific obligations, authors should submit timely, high-quality manuscripts. Authors, however, can encounter ethical (e.g., authorship designation) and practical (e.g., time and resource limitations) challenges during manuscript preparation. Could professional medical writers—not ghostwriters—help authors address these challenges? This essay summarizes evidence countering three myths that may have hindered authors from considering the use of professional medical writers. Authors with sufficient time, writing expertise, and reporting guideline knowledge may meet their obligations without writing assistance. Unfortunately, not all authors are in this position. Decisions about writing support should be based on evidence, not myths.
Keyword Authorship
Conflict of interest
Publication ethics
Science communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences -- Publications
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