Is it ethical to ghost-write a paper?

A conversation on ghost authoring worth following.

Retraction Watch

Another installment of Ask Retraction Watch:

I am a postdoc and looking to supplement my income with medical writing (our lab recently didn’t get it’s funding renewed, so now on part-time to minimise costs). The most recent jobs I have been offered are two brief reports and one full article. A quick internet search of the person who contacted me shows they are in science and are genuinely wanting papers written (a number are already in print from a variety of peer reviewed journals). But my question is this. Is it ethical to ghost-write a paper?

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About labmus

After years of working as a project manager in the software industry, I left to follow my dream of a career with animals. While training to be a veterinary technician, I feel in love with research. I have worked with some fantastic people over the years striving to make all of our lives a little better. I lost my husband to esophageal cancer when he was only 51 and I continue to share the wonders and importance of animal research in his honor.

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