Purpose: Perceived Honorary Authors (PHAs) are defined as authors on manuscripts who did not contribute enough. The association between PHAs and publication chance in journals is unknown. As a start, our aim was to examine the prevalence of PHAs in the Journal of Critical Care (JCC). Furthermore, we investigated whether PHAs influences publication chance in the JCC. Also, we attempt to replicate factors associated with the prevalence of PHAs found in earlier studies. Materials and methods: Between January 2018 and March 2019, we invited 1310 corresponding authors of submissions after the final editorial decision to complete a survey. Descriptive statistics and multinomial and binary logistic regressions were used in data analysis. Results: Among the 475 respondents (response rate: 36%), we found a prevalence of PHAs of 13%. There was no significant association between PHAs and editorial decisions. Furthermore, if a senior member of the department who is automatically an author was present, our multivariate analysis showed a positive association with PHAs (OR 3.86, 95% CI 1.99–7.54). However, such senior department member was not associated with the editorial decision in the multivariate analysis. Conclusions: The prevalence of PHAs was conform other studies 13%, and did not influence publication chance.

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Keywords Critical care, Editorial decision-making, Honorary authors, Journal policy, Medical journal editors
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2020.05.010, hdl.handle.net/1765/129934
Journal Journal of Critical Care: improving patient care by integrating critical care systems knowledge into practice behavior
Citation
Rietdijk, W. (Wim), Mandigers, L. (Loes), & Bakker, J. (2020). Do perceived honorary authors influence publication chance? Survey evidence from the journal of critical care. Journal of Critical Care: improving patient care by integrating critical care systems knowledge into practice behavior, 60, 202–208. doi:10.1016/j.jcrc.2020.05.010