B – Medical writing and ghostwriting

Das N, Das S. Hiring a professional medical writer: is it equivalent to ghostwriting? Biochemia Medica 2014;24(1):19-24
(doi: 10.11613/BM.2014.004)

Several international guidelines including the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines require authors to acknowledge the contribution of medical writers.
This article discusses this acknowledgement and it emphasizes on how acknowledging medical writing support can go a long way in curbing the menace of scientific misconduct including ghostwriting. Some biomedical editors predict a gradual shift from the traditional authorship system to a model of contributorship: even medical writers who do not always qualify as authors would receive adequate acknowledgement for their contribution.