June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Ethics and Text RecyclingRecently, as I was working on a proceedings for a professional conference, I read a veryinteresting paper but there was one catch: the authors had already published it in a differentvenue. Although there were some minor cosmetic changes, it was essentially the same paper. Iraised the issue to the editors, and, after a few emails, we decided to contact the authorsindicating that we could not publish the piece unless it were thoroughly revised. Given the topic,this would be a challenge. We have not, to date, heard from the authors.Many of us who serve professional journals in a review or editorial capacity have probablydiscovered similar papers. In academia, the pressure to publish is high, and sometimes authorstake short-cuts by including blocks of information from their other published works. Whilebuilding upon prior work is a time-honored tradition, can the same be said about using the exactverbiage?This paper will examine the issue of “self-plagiarism,” or, perhaps more accurately, recyclingold text. Specifically, the paper will focus on the following:• Definitions• Common trends and policies• Cases• Ethical considerations• Advice for reviewers and editorsWhile flat-out plagiarism is a usually clear and obvious, the same is not true of authors who copyfrom themselves. Since this practice affects the area of scholarly publishing, it is worthexamining, particularly for ethical import.
Dyrud, M. A. (2015, June), Ethics and Text Recycling Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24020
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