Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: We agree with Dr Gomez-Alonso that
the disclosure of authors’ contributions has not solved the problem
of honorary authorship. Journal editors cannot be a policing force in this
issue. When they receive a manuscript where some authors do not fulfill the
ICMJE authorship criteria according to their stated contributions, editors
do not have the mandate to delete these persons from the byline. They could
ask the authors to amend the byline but, in our experience, this often results
in the correction of the contribution statement and apology for a mistake
rather than the correction of the byline.1 We
agree that honorary authorship could be solved by introducing partial authorship
into the criteria of academic advancement,2 but
this is something that would have to come from academia.
Bates T, Anić A, Marušić M, Marušić A. Author! Author!—Reply. JAMA. 2004;292(15):1815-1816. doi:10.1001/jama.292.15.1816-b