Letters Ghostwriting

Medical literature has seen a positive evolution of transparency

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5043 (Published 20 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5043
  1. Al Weigel, president and CEO
  1. International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), 520 White Plains Road, Suite 500, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA
  1. aweigel{at}ismpp.org

We read with interest Matheson’s article on “ghostwriting.”1 The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), a not-for-profit professional society with over 1500 members involved in the publication of medical research, has carefully considered the article and has serious concerns with the author’s assertion of a “rebranding of ghostwriting.” Rather, we see a positive evolution of transparency and completeness in medical publications reporting industry research.

ISMPP’s longstanding position is …

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