Annual Meeting Report

Plagiarism: Premeditated or Involuntary?

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MODERATOR: Kelly Hadsell KWF Editorial Philadelphia, Pennsylvania SPEAKERS: Nancy R Gough BioSerendipity, LLC Baltimore, Maryland Kasey Hayes AAAS/Science Advances Washington, DC REPORTER: Alaina Wangsgaard Western North American Naturalist Provo, Utah Plagiarism has a simple enough definition in theory, but when actually put into practice in the field of scholarly publishing, its rules become much more nuanced. At the CSE 2019 meeting, the session “Plagiarism: Premeditated or Involuntary?” provided insight into this complicated issue, giving editors the tools to combat plagiarism in all its forms and authors the ability to avoid plagiarizing in the first place. Nancy R Gough, a freelance editor who was formerly the Editor of Science Signaling, explained the nuances of plagiarism in the world of scholarly publishing. Not only is it important for authors not to use others’ work without citing it, but authors must also be careful not to use their own past papers without proper citation. Because the rights of a paper often transfer from author to publisher after publication, the author no longer holds the copyright or has granted an exclusive license to the publisher and must be aware of that fact when using his or her own work in any subsequent papers. Gough outlined steps she took when encountering suspected plagiarism. When an editor suspects self-plagiarism, or plagiarism of any kind, she recommended the following steps. First, a complete copy of the suspected article should be compared against the previously published work, with special attention to the overall organization of the articles, the […]

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