Ghostbusting at Blood

An Editorial in Blood on the 15th January describes their experience of finding ghost authorship in a spontaneously submitted review article (which was spotted by a diligent reviewer) and the result of subsequent investigations of other papers. They go on to layout their policies on ghost authorship in both review and original research articles, concluding with this call to action:

"We invite Blood readers and ASH members to join us in 'ghostbusting' by refusing to serve as authors of papers they did not actually write or to which they did not substantially contribute, and by insisting that important contributions of all participants, whether from academia or the pharmaceutical and biomedical research industries, be fully acknowledged."