Letters Honorary and ghost authorship

Why not switch to movie-style credits for research papers?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e179 (Published 10 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e179
  1. Mark Sillender, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist1
  1. 1Kaleeya and Fremantle Hospitals, Fremantle, WA, Australia
  1. marksillender{at}hotmail.com

Movie-style credits could solve the longstanding problem of honorary and ghost authorship in high impact biomedical journals.1

The research group lead would be the producer and the principal investigator would be the director.

Ghosts could be credited as scriptwriters. Patients would be cast. The helpful medical student could be “best boy/girl”, and the professor would, of course, be the “gaffer.”


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e179


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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