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Should Editorials in Peer-Reviewed Journals Be Signed?

Peter J. Smith, MD, MA; G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS; Mark Siegler, MD
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Affiliations: Chicago, IL
 ,  Dr. Smith is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics, and Drs. Alexander and Siegler with the Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago. Dr. Alexander is also affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, The University of Chicago. All three authors are affiliated with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Chicago.

Correspondence to: G. Caleb Alexander, MD, MS, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland, MC 2007, Chicago, IL 60637; e-mail: galexand@uchicago.edu



Chest. 2006;129(6):1395-1396. doi:10.1378/chest.129.6.1395-a
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The process of authorship of research reports in peer-reviewed, scientific journals is increasingly transparent.12 This transparency has been encouraged both to highlight authors’ potential conflicts of interest and to ensure that authorship is offered to those whose contributions merit authorship. This shift toward greater transparency is regarded as a positive development that increases objectivity and truthfulness in scientific publications. Despite these changes, less consideration has been given to the status of unsigned editorials written by members of the editorial board of the journal. Although some journals have policies prohibiting the publication of unsigned editorials, others do not. Here we consider arguments in favor of and against unsigned editorials.

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