Paul Anderson, MD, Scott D. Boden, MD
Publication is the final affirmation of scholarly accomplishment. Academic advancement, “publish or perish,” as well as prestige, are other important driving forces. There are many financial benefits (direct and indirect) in publishing such as promotion and further research funding. Many of these forces can lead to ethical lapses. All authors have several important ethical obligations. They are guarantors who bear responsibility for the work. This includes not only the truthfulness of the study but also the fairness of the authorship.
Dr. Anderson receives royalties from Stryker; has stock ownership in Pioneer Expanding Orthopedics; receives consulting fees from Medtronic, Titan, and Pioneer; is on the scientific advisory board of Pioneer; and receives research support for staff and materials from Medtronic. Dr. Boden receives royalties from Medtronic and Osteotech; receives consulting fees from Medtronic; is on the speakers’ bureau of Osteotech; and receives research support for staff and materials from Medtronic, DePuy, Synthes, and Abbott.
Address correspondence to Dr. Paul Anderson, Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation University Hospital K4/726, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792.
Reprinted with permission from: Anderson PA, Boden SD. Ethical considerations of authorship. SpineLine. 2008;1:24-27. Copyright, North American Spine Society.