Self-Plagiarism in Academic Publishing: The Anatomy of a Misnomer
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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.
KeywordsSelf-plagiarism Duplicate publication Salami publication Informational noise Academic publishing Academic ethics Copyright infringement
The author wishes to thank Vlad Vieru, Radu Gheorghiu, Cristina Andreescu and several anonymous reviewers.
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