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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 775-797

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Self-Plagiarism in Academic Publishing: The Anatomy of a Misnomer

  • Liviu AndreescuAffiliated withSpriu Haret University, Bucharest Email author 

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The paper discusses self-plagiarism and associated practices in scholarly publishing. It approaches at some length the conceptual issues raised by the notion of self-plagiarism. It distinguishes among and then examines the main families of arguments against self-plagiarism, as well as the question of possibly legitimate reasons to engage in this practice. It concludes that some of the animus frequently reserved for self-plagiarism may be the result of, among others, poor choice of a label, unwarranted generalizations as to its ill effects based on the specific experience (and goals) of particular disciplines, and widespread but not necessarily beneficial publishing practices.


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