Grassley digs into journal ghostwriting practices

Ben Comer of Medical Marketing & Media reports that Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to eight prominent medical journals, asking them to share their editorial policies regarding the disclosure third parties involved in the creation of journal articles, as well as the penalties they have set for authors who don’t follow those […]

Ghost authorship waning in top journals

On the academic publishing blog The Scholarly Kitchen, Phil Davis writes about the recent BMJ study indicating that ghost authorship in top medical journals may be on the wane. The paper’s authors reviewed data from 2008, then compared it to the results of a previous study conducted in 1996. Davis summarizes their findings. In 2008, […]

Horgan finds reasons to be optimistic about science writing

In yet another sign of the much-discussed science writing renaissance which may or may not be upon us, Scientific American‘s John Horgan blogs that – despite the still-dire economics of reporting on health and science – the young folks entering the profession give him ample reason to be optimistic about the future. The occasion? The […]

Australian journal says no to pharma ads

Emergency Medicine Australasia, an Australia-based medical journal, has declared that it will no longer accept paid advertisements from pharmaceutical companies. Image by acediscovery via Flickr The journal’s editors announced their decision in an editorial, and we learned about it from Pharmalot’s Ed Silverman. In the editorial, the editors say they’re drawing a line in the […]

Ghostwritten textbook just ‘tip of the iceberg’

The New York Times‘ Duff Wilson has uncovered what he calls the first ghostwritten book. Published in 1999 under the names of two prominent psychiatrists, “Recognition and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: A Psychopharmacology Handbook for Primary Care” coyly mentioned that it was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from the company that is now GlaxoSmithKline. […]

How ghostwriters sold hormone replacement

Writing in PLoS Medicine, Adriane J. Fugh-Berman, M.D., demonstrates the cynical art of “publication planning” and the use of academic journals as an avenue for unregulated drug promotion by showing, with the help of documents from a major drug manufacturer, how ghostwriting was used to sell hormone replacement therapy. The documents in question come from […]