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Feature Christmas 2017: Language and Literacy

Non-existent authors

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 13 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5706

Greek ghost authors in clinical research

Medical research publications in Greece are riddled with non contributing authors, often family members of University Professors/Department Directors/leading Consultants, who are trying to gather enough citations/references/academic publications in order to later apply for the same job.
Nepotism is still widespread within Greek Academia, unfortunately.
There also exist hundreds of specialized agencies which prepare Doctoral theses, Postgraduate academic presentations, clinical publications, etc, for a fee.
Young, intelligent, promising researchers keep preparing theses and publications for others, without ever hoping to see their own names included.
In my Country, "non existent authors" of a clinical publication, are often those whose names appear on the published paper.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 January 2018
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Hellas