From time to time there is a whisper again through the omnipresent media operation: A magazine is dedicated to the subject of “ghostwriter” and interviews a copy of this otherwise shy genre.
Recently, such an interview revealed that the secret writer is not feeling well in her skin: she does not want to be named, as she aspires to pursue an academic career. In addition, the interviewee says that it hurts her to “sort of fool my own colleagues” – after all, she works at a chair and does not think that what she does is “correct”.
Correct or not – ghostwriting is a very lucrative part-time job for some. In addition, the legal system is less concerned with perceived correctness than with the question of legality – and the ghostwriter known as “Lina” is on the safe side, especially since so far all efforts by the university association to ban academic ghostwriting have been unsuccessful have proven.
So while Lina’s clients are looking forward to a professional order processing – after all, the PhD student seems to be highly qualified and even writes in different subjects – the existence of ghostwriters in the immediate vicinity of the chairs is a thorn in the side of the professors. For although academic ghostwriting is legal, it always has the taste of fraud – because it can be assumed that many of the work so written without major changes in the universities submitted or abused even to the degree of academic degrees.
So it remains, given the legal situation and the different student strategies to cover up or disguise the use of a ghostwriter, leave the reviewers to detect the fraudsters – a nearly hopeless endeavor, given the rising university pressure and higher student numbers in the future probably is further complicated.