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Authorship of Health Education Articles: Guests, Ghosts, and Trends

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Objective: To investigate health education faculty members' perceptions of criteria for manuscript coauthorship and the perceived status of guest and ghost authorship in health education journals. Methods: National survey of 300 health education faculty members. Results: Three inclusion criteria for authorship were supported by more than 40% of respondents. A majority felt that guest authorship should not be bestowed on others because they are important colleagues. Most respondents had never coauthored a paper that included a ghost author, nor had they been ghost authors. Conclusions: An established set of guidelines concerning authorship may help alleviate some of the presented authorship concerns.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: College of Health and Human Services, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 2: Department of Public Health and Rehabilitative Services, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 3: Department of Health Education and Promotion, College of Education, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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