Response to Letter Regarding Article, “Manuscript Preparation and Publication”
We thank Dr Pasternak and Mr Cahill for their letter, which raises an important issue. The purpose of our article was to address manuscript preparation and publication, which for physicians in training can sometimes be problematic; it can at times result in young investigators being placed in difficult or awkward positions with either their peers or their mentors.
The most fundamental issues in the process of manuscript preparation and publication relate to the authenticity and veracity of the subject that is the focus of the manuscript, as well as the objectivity with which the subject is addressed. We agree with Dr Pasternak and Mr Cahill that the requirements of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, including those for authorship, should be fully met in all publications. As we wrote, the person who takes the lead in drafting the manuscript should be the first author; what we failed to note was that the employer of the first author was irrelevant to that position.