B – Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting

Stern S, Lemmens T. Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting: imposing fraud liability on guest authors of ghostwritten articles. PLoS Med 2011;8(8):e1001070
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001070)

The article focuses on ghostwriting and guest authorship in industry-controlled research: several examples have revealed the use of ghostwriters to insert concealed marketing messages favourable to a company’s product, and the recruitment of academics as “guest” authors despite not fulfilling authorship criteria. Medical journals, academic institutions, and professional disciplinary bodies have thus far failed to enforce effective sanctions. Given this failure, the authors suggest a firm legal response through the imposition of legal liability on guest authorship as fraud.

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