To the Editor: Medical researchers have an ethical and scientific obligation to publish, but between one third and two thirds of research may remain unpublished.1,2 A major reason for nonpublication is lack of time,1 which may lead researchers to seek medical writing assistance. Guidelines from journal editors3 and medical writers4- 6 encourage authors to acknowledge medical writers. We quantified the proportion of articles from international, peer-reviewed, high-ranking journals that reported medical writing assistance.
Woolley KL, Ely JA, Woolley MJ, Findlay L, Lynch FA, Choi Y, McDonald JM. Declaration of Medical Writing Assistance in International Peer-Reviewed Publications. JAMA. 2006;296(8):929-934. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.932-b