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October 20, 2004

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(15):1815-1816. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1816-a

To the Editor: In their cross-sectional study, Dr Bates et al compare the number of authors whose contributions did not meet authorship criteria in 3 general medical journals.1 They state that the ICMJE “defines authorship as (1) substantial contribution to the conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis of interpretation of data; (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (3) final approval of the version to be published.” Surprisingly, in their own article I could not find any mention of whether all authors fulfilled the third criterion.

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