Ghostwriting and Plagarism

Thanks to Gabe Goldberg for sharing this article about Senator Charles Grassley's efforts to eradicate medical ghostwriting.

The following paragraph summarizes the point of this article:

Students are disciplined for not acknowledging that a paper they turned in was written by somebody else," Mr. Grassley wrote. "But what happens when researchers at the same university publish medical studies without acknowledging that they were written by somebody else?

Lili Fox Velez, PhD, explained the practice of medical ghostwriting and why we should care at the November 10 chapter meeting. Her presentation received the highest results in our post-event satisfaction surveys of any event in recent memory.

A post reviewing the event with photos of the fascinating National Museum of Crime and Punishment is forthcoming.

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I'm a technical communication consultant working primarily in the bioinformatics field and also designing and delivering training classes on 508 compliance for electronic documents. I have been involved with the STC Washington, DC - Baltimore chapter since 1994 and am an STC Fellow.