With the advent of pharmaceutical companies stressing medical communications and publication planning to promote their drugs, an additional responsibility and accountability is implicated for the role of a publication writer (PW). Besides data interpretation and representation of scientific messages, a PW has to work on ways to maximize the impact of the data along with its accuracy, should be mindful of the copyright issues and avoid any possibility of plagiarism.
Historically, PWs were not rightfully credited for their contribution and they functioned as "ghost writers". As medical writing flourished as a profession, the contribution of PWs was not only recognized but was also acknowledged in scientific communications.
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