author inflation

The growth in number of people receiving authorship credit on published reports in biomedical sciences

author 'inflation'

The growth in number of people receiving authorship credit on published reports in biomedical sciences. See Mega-author paper.
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However, the phenomena of increased coauthorship (author inflation) in biomedical journals arose primarily as a means to survive academic medicine.[sup.2] Disturbing trends like this led to the formation of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) whose goals included standardized criteria for authorship in efforts to decrease the number of "undeserved authorships." The most common form of misconduct is "gift authorship," when authorship is granted as a favour, usually linked with some form of reciprocity.