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The White Bull effect: abusive coauthorship and publication parasitism


Junior researchers can be abused and bullied by unscrupulous senior collaborators. This article describes the profile of a type of serial abuser, the White Bull, who uses his academic seniority to distort authorship credit and who disguises his parasitism with carefully premeditated deception. Further research into the personality traits of such perpetrators is warranted.

  • ICMJE, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors
  • NH&MRC, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • bullying
  • coauthorship
  • collaboration
  • misconduct
  • research conduct

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