Contested Authorship, Self-Plagiarism, and the Scholarly Record

  • M. V. Dougherty
Part of the Research Ethics Forum book series (REFF, volume 6)


This chapter considers recent cases of contested authorship in two articles involving an American philosophy professor. The examination of these unusual publishing circumstances, which include allegations of self-plagiarism, places in high relief the requirements of genuine authorship, the complexity of some self-plagiarism claims, and the challenges of requesting corrections of the scholarly record. Differing standards of evidence are often proposed in considering whether to retract a published article for authorship violations, and the chapter evaluates these standards in light of potential benefits to the larger research community. Researchers, editors, and publishers sometimes conflate standards from legal, moral, and scientific domains, and a lack of clarity about the applicable standard can significantly delay a proper correction of the scholarly record.


Authorship Facilitated communication Disability studies Philosophy Retractions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Dougherty
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOhio Dominican UniversityColumbusUSA

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