"Is that what the kids call it these days?" asks an anonymous commentator. He has a point. Ghost writing is, by another name, plagiarism. And my own belief is that allows it to proliferate is that the activity occurs in secret, in hidden authoring and review environments, published in journals that, though supposedly credible, are restricted by subscription fees to just a few (self-interested) readers. Open this process to the daylight, and it becomes harder to get away with academic fraud.