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From the JAMA Network
January 13, 1999

Chlamydial Infections and the Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy

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

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.