Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Hueston WJ, Mainous III AG. Authors vs Contributors: Accuracy, Accountability, and Responsibility. JAMA. 1998;279(5):356-357. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-5-jbk0204