Friday, September 11, 2009

The Game of Ghost Writing

When Sen. Charles Grassley raised concerns last month about scientific "ghost writing," in which papers are produced by companies or other parties whose names do not appear as authors, he acknowledged that he was unsure how widespread the practice was. A pair of studies presented Thursday at a scholarly meeting in Vancouver offer evidence of both the depth and the bread of the controversial activity.

What harm do you see in having unnamed authors participating in scientific ghost writing? Do you see benefit, and what are they?

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