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When Is Self-Plagiarism OK?
from the Scientist (Registration
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," said Miguel
Roig of 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."
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