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Authorship Responsibility 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

AMA Manual of Style Committee

Some judge of authors' names, not works, and then Nor praise nor blame the writings, but the men.    Alexander Pope More than 50 years ago, Richard M. Hewitt, MD, then head of the Section of Publications at the Mayo Clinic, described the ethics of authorship in a JAMA article entitled “Exposition as Applied to Medicine: A Glance at the Ethics of It.” The following excerpts from Hewitt’s article demonstrate an appreciation of the basic ethical responsibilities and obligations of authorship: Authorship cannot be conferred; it may be undertaken by one who will shoulder the responsibility that goes with it. The reader

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