Friday, November 27, 2009

B - Prevalence of ghostwriting spurs calls for transparency

Collier R.Prevalence of ghostwriting spurs calls for transparency
Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2009;13; 181(8): E161–E162.

doi: 10.1503/cmaj.109-3036

It’s no secret that the names at the top of articles published in medical journals aren’t always a good indication of who actually wrote them. What may be surprising is how prevalent ghost-writing appears to have become. Between 50% and 100% of articles on drugs that appear in journals are said to be ghostwritten,and the effect of ghostwriting on the quality of medical publishing is difficult to assess.

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