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Redefining authorship

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 01 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1423

Drug industry is increasingly allowing employees to be named as authors

  1. Elizabeth Wager
  1. Medical writer Janssen-Cilag, PO Box 79, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire HP14 4HJ

    EDITOR,—I look forward to the meeting to discuss authorship and the debates that may arise from it.1 While those in academia often focus on “gift” authorship, when undeserving names swell the lists of authors, those of us employed in industry are concerned with the opposite problem—that of the disappearing author. Although most journals require that funding for studies must be acknowledged, sponsoring companies are often keen to emphasise the contribution of independent investigators and may discourage employees from being named …

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