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Feature Christmas 2017: Language and Literacy

Non-existent authors

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5706 (Published 13 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5706

Re: Non-existent authors

We very much enjoyed Professor Aronson's contribution on authorship in the bioscientific literature. One author has escaped his attention: Olaf Plori, a rather mixed up colleague, who until now has published only one paper. (1) He is, we believe, related to the BMW engineer Aap Rilfühl, who himself achieved some notoriety in 1986. (2)

1. Plori O, Carley S, Foëx BA (2007) Scouting out competencies. EMJ 24(4) 286-7.

2. http://hoaxes.org/af_database/permalink/bmw_moveable_steering_wheel, accessed Dec 24 2017.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 January 2018
Bernard A Foëx
Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Pierre Foëx
Manchester and Oxford