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But what do we mean by ghostwriting?

Posted by AdamJacobs on 31 Aug 2011 at 08:36 GMT

make ghostwriting almost legitimate

This is one of the places where a definition of ghostwriting would be so important. If we take the definition that a ghost is invisible (my definition, and, I believe, the majority one), then I don't think anyone is trying to claim that ghostwriting is legitimate. If, however, you believe that a medical writer whose role is transparently described in an acknowledgements section is ghostwriting, then it is the ICMJE guidelines themselves that give this practice legitimacy.

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