B – Honorary authorship in biomedical journals

Al-Herz W, Haider H, Alò-Bahhar M, et al. Honorary authorship in biomedical journals: how common is it and why does it exist? Journal of Medical Ethics e-pub 17 August 2013                            
(doi: 10.1136/medethics-2012-101311)

The number of coauthors in the medical literature has increased over the past 50 years as authorship continues to have important academic, social and financial implications. The article intends to determine the prevalence of honorary authorship in biomedical publications and identify the factors that lead to its existence. Results of a survey showed that honorary authorship is relatively common Each institution should encourage researchers to comply with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship, recently revised.