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February 4, 1998

Authors vs Contributors: Accuracy, Accountability, and Responsibility

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(5):356-357. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-5-jbk0204

To the Editor.— The underpinnings of the argument by Dr Rennie and colleagues1 are valid and reflect the growth and development of the medical research enterprise. Collaboration is a necessary and valuable process that expands the reach of medical research and improves the quality of the work performed, but the dilution of the collaborative effort by rewarding authorship to undeserving colleagues undermines this relationship.

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