Professional Media briefs: BMJ, Docphin, Quadrant HealthCom and BMJ.com

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Occurrence of articles with honorary or ghost authorship is down, but more than one of five papers in high-impact journals has signs of inappropriate authorship, researchers wrote in BMJ. They called for more measures by journals, authors and academic institutions “to prevent a practice that might lead to loss of public confidence.”

Two MDs and an IMS Consulting Group alum started Docphin, a free web service designed to help physicians find and personalize medical news and research from journals and news sources—all from a single dashboard.

Quadrant HealthCom named Christy Tetterton and Hillary Ford group publishers. Tetterton joined the firm a year ago to manage The Journal of Family Practice and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Ford joins the company as group publisher of the CNS division, coming from Direct Medical Data, where she was practice leader for medical publishing.

BMJ.com saw its first redesign since 2007. Among changes are navigational tabs for articles, social networking links and a free resource to help users track and record CME credits. BMJ continues to be an open access journal.

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