Guest Author and Ghost Author: My Experience as an Editor of a Medical Journal

Authors

  • Md Uzira Azam Khan Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College, Noakhali, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62865/bjbio.v15i1.100

Abstract

The author (s) of a scientific article should have contributed to a research article in a meaningful and substantive way. A person who contributes to the research but whose name is excluded from the authors’ list is known as a ghost author. Whereas a guest author doesn’t contribute in a meaningful way to the research and preparation of the manuscript, however, appears on the author's byline. Often, guest authors are influential persons invited by the principal author to get favours later. Gift authorship often involves mutual authorship among the articles of colleagues and vice-versa. The Inclusion of ghost authors, guests, or gift authors is common in the district town’s journal of Noakhali. This article was written to express my ten years of experience regarding the malpractices of authorship of a medical journal as an editor of a medical journal. It is a common phenomenon that after a few days of submitting an article to the editor’s office, the principal author requests to insert another author or to change the order of the author’s position. Members of the editorial board and reviewer of the article insert their names as authors violating the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) guidelines. Course on authorship should be almost important to change the trend of our current culture in publishing articles, especially district medical college Journals.

Author Biography

Md Uzira Azam Khan, Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College, Noakhali, Bangladesh

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Published

2024-03-18

How to Cite

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Khan MUA. Guest Author and Ghost Author: My Experience as an Editor of a Medical Journal . BJBio [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 18 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];15(1):6-8. Available from: http://bjbio.bioethics.org.bd/index.php/BJBio/article/view/100