Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply.— Dr Greenfield, assuming, in
the face of ample evidence to the contrary, that all those who now appear
on the bylines of articles actually contributed, cannot imagine readers being
interested in a system that tells them what contributors actually did. He,
like the DeBakeys, prefers the present system of obfuscation. Were he to sit
on an academic promotions committee or have to adjudicate an authorship dispute,
he would welcome our proposal. Two of us (L.E., D.R.) developed the idea in
part because our experience hearing numerous cases on the Public Health Service
Commission on Research Integrity convinced us that greater and more public
accountability for authors was required. Junior faculty, as Dr Kaufman notes,
should be particularly pleased.
Rennie D, Yank V, Emanuel L. Authors vs Contributors: Accuracy, Accountability, and Responsibility—Reply. JAMA. 1998;279(5):356–357. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-5-jbk0204
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