B – Honorary authorship

Rajasekaran S, Li Pi Shan R, Finnoff JT. Honorary authorship: frequency and associated factors in physical medicine and rehabilitation research articles. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014;95:418-428
(doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.09.024)

This article addresses the persistent, difficult, and unsettled issue of unwarranted authorship as it applies to physical medicine and rehabilitation. It estimates the prevalence of perceived honorary authorship and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)-defined honorary authorship, this latter being much greater. The findings show that its frequency is similar to the 25% to 50% rates reported in other medical specialties.