The Research Ethics Program serves as a resource for the campus community to identify and address ethical challenges intrinsic to the conduct of science, engineering, and other academic scholarship.

Case of the Month: October 2018

Research manuscripts must be sufficiently well-written both to pass peer review and to effectively communicate with other members of the research community. However, not all researchers have the ability to write well. The result is that individuals with good writing skills are sometimes recruited to write a manuscript even though they had little or nothing to do with the planning, conduct, analysis, or interpretation of the research. If these individuals are not named in the manuscript, they are often call ghost authors.

Should someone who was involved only in the writing of a research manuscript be credited as an author of the manuscript?

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