Academic mefites: is this plagiarism?
October 3, 2012 3:16 PM Subscribe
What to do when, as a peer reviewer, you figure out an author self-plagiarized?
posted by Milau to Education (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I was asked to evaluate an article for a journal. The study is good enough, but the use of the relevant literature is somewhat spotty. Namely, my own research is completely misrepresented. This is fine, as part of it can be debated in the usual means of academia and another part can be rectified through the review process.
But here is where things get complicated. The editors hadn't done a really good job editing out the identity of the author, so I was able to look up her other published work. And yes, I checked - namely to see if I should start writing a response article ASAP. In reading this already published article, I found one paragraph which is identical in both articles.
What do I do? Do I signal this to the editors? Does it qualify as academic fraud or is it common practice in academia to "reuse" text?