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Acad Emerg Med. 2008 Oct;15(10):963-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2008.00239.x. Epub 2008 Sep 17.

The ethical assignment of authorship in scientific publications: issues and guidelines.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, USA.


Properly assigning authorship of academic papers is often an ethical challenge. Through a hypothetical case study, the authors examine some of the potential ethical issues involved in determining who should and should not be listed as an author: the problems of honorary authorship, coerced authorship, and ghost authorship, as well as the question of how to order authors. Guidelines for avoiding and negotiating these issues are also discussed.

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