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PROFITS AND PLAGIARISM: THE CASE OF MEDICAL GHOSTWRITING

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Tobenna Anekwe, Harvard School of Public Health – Department of Global Health and Population, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States. Email: tanekwe@hsph.harvard.edu

ABSTRACT

This paper focuses on medical ghostwriting in the United States. I argue that medical ghostwriting often involves plagiarism and, in those cases, can be treated as an act of research misconduct by both the federal government and research institutions. I also propose several anti-ghostwriting measures, including: 1) journals should implement guarantor policies so that researchers may be better held accountable for their work; 2) research institutions and the federal government should explicitly prohibit medical ghostwriting and outline appropriate penalties; and 3) a publicly available database should be created to record researchers' ethics violations.

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