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Honorary authorship in biomedical journals: how common is it and why does it exist?
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    Honourary authorship in Biomedical Journals.....

    Sir, Waleed Al-Herz and colleagues have posed a common yet not so easy-to answer situation. No doubt, honourary authorship is to be discouraged in medical reporting, yet it's easier said than done.The authors have tried to delve in deep into the problem, however, the overbearing impact of the "publish or perish" conundrum has to be taken at the face of it. We have to evolve methods of evaluating the scientific contribut...

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