A new study found that gift authorship is the most common type of research fraud in the United States. Yet it remains a common practice with no clear definition of what constitutes appropriate authorship, and what it deemed unethical. In this news feature, I explore why gift authorship, and its counter-opposite, ghost authorship, where worthy authors are left off manuscripts, exists and what can be done about the questionable practices. The full article was published by Nature Index.
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