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In Reply: One can agree with Dr
Silverstein's sentiments without necessarily coming to the same
conclusions regarding the most practical ways to address authorship
problems. My own institution makes significant efforts to provide
effective redress for those who feel they have been treated unfairly in
an authorship dispute. Both formal grievance procedures and informal
actions (through the ombudsman's office) are available as alternatives
to normal departmental channels. Nevertheless, the reality is that the
master-journeyman-apprentice system of medical research makes it
possible for retaliation against whistle-blowing to take place, often
years later. It would be irresponsible and unfair to state that formal
procedures can guarantee complainants that there will be no ill effects
of their bringing such disputes to light.
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