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Definition of authorship may be changed

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.821a (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:821
  1. P V Scott, Consultant,
  2. T C Smith, Consultant
  1. Department of Anaesthesia, Alexandra Hospital, Redditch B98 7UB

    Peer reviewers should be identified at end of each published paper

    EDITOR,—A recent meeting of academics, editors, peer reviewers, and such at the University of Nottingham concluded, not before time, that the definition of authorship in medical research should be changed.1 Dr Drummond Rennie, deputy editor of JAMA, is reported to have said that “authorship” should be scrapped and authors replaced with “contributors” and “guarantors”: the “film credit” approach.1 That is right as far as it goes; it just does …

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