Research Article: Ghostwriting: The Dirty Little Secret of Medical Publishing That Just Got Bigger

Date Published: September 8, 2009

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): unknown

Abstract: In an academic_editorial highlighting the 1,500 documents made public after PLoS Medicine’s intervention in a court case, the PLoS Medicine academic_editors call for strong action to be taken to eradicate this practice.

Partial Text: If you are an editor, author, reviewer, or reader of medical journals, or if you depend on your doctor or health care provider getting unbiased information from medical journals, then the 1,500 documents now hosted on the PLoS Medicine Web site [1] should make you very concerned and angry. Because, quite simply, the story told in these documents amounts to one of the most compelling expositions ever seen of the systematic manipulation and abuse of scholarly publishing by the pharmaceutical industry and its commercial partners in their attempt to influence the health care decisions of physicians and the general public.



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