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Friday, April 6, 2012

"We must not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness." 

(James Thurber, 1894 – 1961)

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Can you plagiarize yourself?

Image: Wikimedia commons,
Guillaume Carels
An interesting concept shows up in the Scientist: the concept of being accused of plagiarizing your own work. The story begins below and is continued at the link provided"

When Robert Barbato of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) heard he was being accused of plagiarizing his own work, he was a bit surprised. "I can't plagiarize myself -- those are my own words," he said.

And he is not alone in his views. Some scientists and publishers argue that it's "unavoidable" for scientists to re-use portions of their own text (not images or data, of course) from previous papers, and doing so may even be good practice. But others disagree, including many journals -- who have retracted papers in response.

"There are many ways you can say the same thing even when it comes to very technical language," saidMiguel Roigof St. John's University, who has written extensively about plagiarism in academic literature. "It's a matter of what some have labeled poor scholarly etiquette."

Read more:When is self-plagiarism ok? - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences

Posted 9/11/11