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January 13, 1999

Academic and Legal Aspects of Authorship Disputes

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinklerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(2):135-136. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-2-jac80019

To the Editor: I was alarmed by the statement in the article on authorship by Ms Wilcox1 saying, "It is unreasonable for institutions to promise that they can protect individuals from retaliation for coming forward to complain through formal grievance procedures." Most organizations have policies on retaliation, especially with regard to grievances. If enforced, these policies can discourage such behavior and ensure the victim of redress. In addition, retaliation such as that mentioned in the public and federal sectors is downright illegal, and university employees fall under Department of Labor workplace standards and laws for their respective states.