Understanding text recycling
Friday 7 August 2020, 16:00-17:15pm (BST)
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“I've been ‘iThenticating’ all revised papers for several years now, and am continually frustrated by self-plagiarism… You’d think that researcher/authors with MDs and PhDs would be bright enough to know how to reword.”
Managing editor of a medical journal
“I often find that I need to say the same thing (e.g., background about externalities . . . ) in multiple papers. I will typically copy and paste text from one paper to the next, highlight it, and then before the paper goes out I go through and ‘massage’ the text—change around the order of things, change the wording, maybe emphasize something a little more or less. I've often wondered if I was wasting my time by doing that extra manipulation, but it felt odd to just put the same text in multiple documents. At the same time, we do often have to say the same thing and starting from scratch every time feels like a waste too.”
Professor of Economics
Text recycling, also known as self-plagiarism, is a common practice in research writing—especially in the sciences. It’s also complicated, both ethically and legally, posing thorny challenges for authors and editors. The Text Recycling Research Project (TRRP) aims to better understand this practice and support the development of more clear and consistent policies. Members of the TRRP will present an overview of their research to date—including surveys and interviews with editors and researchers, copyright and contract law, and analyses of published papers. They will then discuss the ethical and practical issues involved in establishing effective policy.
Cary Moskovitz (Lead PI), Duke University. Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Writing in the Disciplines, Thompson Writing Program.
Cary Moskovitz’s articles and essays related to teaching writing or text recycling have appeared in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, Research Integrity and Peer Review, Science and Engineering Ethics, and BioScience. He has served as a consultant on writing pedagogy and led faculty workshops at a number of US colleges and universities. Cary directs the Text Recycling Research Project.
Michael Pemberton, Georgia Southern University. Professor of Writing and Linguistics, Director of the University Writing Center, and Editor of Across the Disciplines
Michael Pemberton is past president of the International Writing Centers Association. He has published six books and over 50 articles on writing center theory, ethics and technologies. Michael serves on the editorial and review boards of multiple journals and is editor of the journal Across the Disciplines. He also serves as the Series Editor for Across the Disciplines Books (UP Colorado).
David R Hansen, Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communications, Lead Copyright and Information Policy Officer, Duke University Libraries
David Hanson, formerly Faculty Research Librarian at UNC School of Law and Fellow at UC Berkeley Law Digital Library Copyright Project, has written and taught extensively on legal and ethical dimensions of copyright, publishing and access to information. He has contributed to briefs filed on behalf of libraries, academic authors and legal scholars, including Authors Guild v. Google (Google Books digitization case) and Authors Guild v. HathiTrust (research library digitization). David has actively participated in submitting comments and speaking at roundtables hosted by federal agencies on library copyright issues. David holds a JD and an MS in Information and Library Science.
We look forward to hearing the latest findings from the members of the Text Recycling Research Project since they presented at last year's COPE European Seminar.
There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar and, based on past experience, we expect a lively discussion.
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Michael Pemberton, Cary Moskovitz and David R Hansen presenting at COPE's European Seminar 2019
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