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Volume 21, Issue 2 - Medical Writing in Paediatrics

Journal Watch


In this issue five papers are discussed covering the subjects of authorship and authorship criteria, ghostwriting and guest authorship, and adding style to scientific writing.

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  1. Baskin PK, Gross RA. Honorary and ghost authorship. BMJ 2011;343:d6223
  2. Neurology. Information for authors. Available from:
  3. Hendrick R. Ghosts in the machine. BMJ 2011;343:d7860.
  4. Milligan N. Journal watch: revisiting ghostwriting and authorship. The Write Stuff 2011;20(4):246–7.
  5. Stern S, Lemmens T. Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting: imposing fraud liability for ghostwritten articles. PLoS Med 2011;8(8):e1001070.
  6. Bosch X, Esfandiari B, McHenry L. Challenging medical ghostwriting in US courts. PLoS Med 2012;9(1):e1001163.
  7. Bosch X, Ross JS. Ghostwriting: research misconduct, plagiarism, or fool's gold? Am J Med 2012;125(4):324–6.
  8. Franzblau LE, Kotsis SV, Chung KC. Scientific writing for enjoyable reading: how to incorporate style into scientific manuscripts. Plast Reconstr Surg 2012;129(2):543–5.
  9. Why Wikipedia must jettison its anti-elitism. 2004. Accessed 2012 February 6. Available from:
  10. Truth, anonymity and the Wikipedia way: Why it's broke and how it can be fixed. 2007. Accessed 2012 February 6 Available from:
  11. Digital Maoism: The hazards of the new online collectivism. 2006. Accessed 2006 February 6. Available from:
  12. Lehrer J. Trials and Errors: Why Science Is Failing Us Available from:
  13. Mansi BA, Clark J, David FD, et al. Ten recommendations for closing the credibility gap in reporting industry-sponsored clinical research: a joint journal and pharmaceutical industry perspective. Mayo Clin Proc 2012;87(5):424–9.
  14. Wilhite AW, Fong EA. Scientific publications. Coercive citation in academic publishing. Science 2012;335(6068):542–3.
  15. Journal Citation Survey. Available from:
  16. Van Noorden R. Researchers feel pressure to cite superfluous papers. Nature News. Available from:
  17. Kirchhof B, Bornfeld N, Grehn F. The delicate topic of the impact factor. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 2007;245(7):925–7.
  18. Smith R. Journal accused of manipulating impact factor. BMJ 1997;314:p461.5 Available from:
  19. Sevinc A. Manipulating impact factor: an unethical issue or an Editor's choice? Swiss Med Wkly 2004;134(27–28):410.
  20. The Thomas Reuters Journal Selection Process. Citation Analysis. Thomas Reuters. Available from:



Medical writing in paediatrics: Children and the future
Message from the President
Challenges of paediatric drug development and impact of paediatric legislation
Writing applications for Paediatric Investigation Plans and waivers
Preparing the Paediatric Investigation Plan application
ADHD: A true neurodevelopmental disorder?
Medicines information for patients: Insights into research and practice for medical writers
The MHRA perspective on the new pharmacovigilance legislation
Are stem cells the future of healthcare?
O, safety, quo vadis?
Crowdpower in the era of ‘health 2.0’
Networking effectively: Essential for being successful in business
The moving image and your business
Forgive me for repeating myself: Self-plagiarism in the medical literature
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
The Webscout
Manuscript Writing
Regulatory Writing
English Grammar and Style
Out On Our Own


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Section Editors

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Digital Communication

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EMWA News 

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Gained in Translation

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Getting Your Foot in the Door

Wendy Kingdom / Amy Whereat

Good Writing Practice

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In the Bookstores

Maria Kołtowska-Häggström

Lingua Franca and Beyond

Maddy Dyer


Lisa Chamberlain-James

Medical Communications/Writing for Patients

Payal Bhatia

Medical Devices

Evguenia Alechine

My First Medical Writing

Anuradha Alahari

News from the EMA

Adriana Rocha


Tiziana von Bruchhausen


Clare ChangZuo Yen Lee 

Regulatory Matters

Sam Hamilton

Regulatory Public Disclosure

Claire Gudex

Teaching Medical Writing

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The Crofter: Sustainable Communications

Louisa Marcombes

Veterinary Writing

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