Medical 'Ghostwriting' Is Still a Common Practice, Study Shows

A new study indicates that "ghostwriting"—in which university scientists sign their names to research articles that secretly originated with writers paid by such companies as pharmaceutical makers—is distressingly common in top medical journals.

The study, presented this week at the sixth International Conference on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, found the prevalence of "ghost" authors at top-ranked medical journals ranged last year from 2 percent at Nature