Caught between a ghost and a gift: Navigating authorship issues

  • M C Burger Stellenbosch University


Authorship is often considered to be an academic currency funding several aspects of an academic career.1 Academic institutions are placing more pressure on academics, regardless of discipline or expertise, to author and co-author research outputs. Authorship currency funds promotions, travel opportunities, academic esteem, and some institutions even provide a cash incentive for publishing original research. It is therefore not surprising that phrases like ‘publish or perish’ and ‘I should be writing’ are of similar importance as ‘I need coffee’ and ‘when is the deadline’, in the vocabulary of most academics, whether they are primarily researchers or clinicians.

Author Biography

M C Burger, Stellenbosch University

BSc, B(Med)Sc Hons, M(Med)Sc, PhD, Scientific Research Coordinator/Lecturer: Surgical Sciences; Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

How to Cite
BURGER, M C. Caught between a ghost and a gift: Navigating authorship issues. South African Orthopaedic Journal, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 3, p. 122-124, aug. 2020. ISSN 2309-8309. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 dec. 2020.

Most read articles by the same author(s)

Obs.: This plugin requires at least one statistics/report plugin to be enabled. If your statistics plugins provide more than one metric then please also select a main metric on the admin's site settings page and/or on the journal manager's settings pages.