Journal of Academic Ethics

, 7:193 | Cite as

Self-Plagiarism or Appropriate Textual Re-use?

  • Tracey BretagEmail author
  • Saadia Mahmud


Self-plagiarism requires clear definition within an environment that places integrity at the heart of the research enterprise. This paper explores the whole notion of self-plagiarism by academics and distinguishes between appropriate and inappropriate textual re-use in academic publications, while considering research on other forms of plagiarism such as student plagiarism. Based on the practical experience of the authors in identifying academics’ self-plagiarism using both electronic detection and manual analysis, a simple model is proposed for identifying self-plagiarism by academics.


Self-plagiarism Textual re-use Electronic detection Turnitin 



We are indebted to our colleagues in the School of Management, Associate Professor Chris Provis and Dr Howard Harris, who have contributed greatly to our thinking about appropriate textual re-use through extensive discussion on this topic throughout 2008. We thank them for their insights. Thanks also to the anonymous reviewers for providing valuable feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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