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August 23/30, 2006

Declaration of Medical Writing Assistance in International Peer-Reviewed Publications

JAMA. 2006;296(8):929-934. doi:10.1001/jama.296.8.932-b

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have an ethical and scientific obligation to publish, but between one third and two thirds of research may remain unpublished.1,2 A major reason for nonpublication is lack of time,1 which may lead researchers to seek medical writing assistance.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 writers46 encourage authors to acknowledge medical writers. We quantified the proportion of articles from international, peer-reviewed, high-ranking journals that reported medical writing assistance.

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