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MEdIC Series: Case of the Honorary Authorship – Expert Review & Curated Commentary


The Case of the Honorary Authorship outlined a scenario of a senior academic scientist interacting with two more junior researchers, raising issues around publication ethics and professionalism. This month the MEdIC team (Brent Thoma, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Tamara McColl, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, and Teresa Chan), hosted a discussion around these questions with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the Curated Community Commentary and our 2 expert opinions. Thank-you to all our participants for contributing to the very rich discussions last week.

This follow-up post includes

  • Responses from our solicited experts:
    • Dr. Kerstin De Wit is an emergency physician as well as a thrombosis physician and researcher at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.
    • The team of Lindsay Baker, Farah Friesen, and Dr. Stella Ng collaborate on scholarship about ethical academic authorship & wrote this response together. They are all affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto.
  • A summary of insights from the ALiEM community derived from the Twitter and blog discussions
  • Freely downloadable PDF versions of the case and expert responses for use in continuing medical education activities
Expert Response 1: Authorship & Ethics
Expert Response 2: Answers about authorship
The Case of the Honorary Authorship: Curated from the Community

Case and Responses for Download

Click here (or on the picture below) to download the case and responses as a PDF (882 kb).

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Teresa Chan, MD
ALiEM Associate Editor
Emergency Physician, Hamilton
Assistant Professor, McMaster University
Ontario, Canada + Teresa Chan