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Interestingly enough, I was part of a team that experienced a problem with a
funding agency that was quite sure we had plagiarized some content which was
submitted as a part of a grant application and not only turned down the
application, but had the scientific officer call us.
We did in fact paraphrase some content from a published paper our team had
already published... Which brings the question of self-citation back up in
another context - when writing, MUST one cite their own work?
PS I should also note that the grant application team and the publication
team were one in the same.
On 8/6/08 6:37 PM, "Richard Rothenberg" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Some excellent responses have already appeared, so I just wanted to
> focus on a minor mention of yours. I think part of the issue of
> plagiarism is that a freshman undergraduate may indeed get more leeway
> than a PhD candidate. Particularly as the current generation comes up
> through high school with the resources of the Internet at his/her
> fingertips (literally), much more attention must be paid to the
> difference between self and non-self.
> One other thought: Plagiarism is copying the work of others, so that
> "self-plagiarism" is clearly not plagiarism. It's growing old.
> Valdis Krebs wrote:
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>> What is a "practical" definition, or recognition, of plagiarism in
>> Surely if a student copies a "white paper" from a web site and turns
>> it in as original work it is plagiarism and possibly copyright
>> infringement. But what about whole paragraphs and definitions from
>> said white paper? I know "short phrases", such as "social network
>> mapping" are not copyrightable, nor open to plagiarizing, as long as
>> they are not trademarked. But what constitutes the "line in the sand"
>> for plagiarism? I'm sure it varies, a freshman undergraduate gets
>> more leeway than a PhD thesis or a professor's work.
>> What is common practice? Any help or guidelines would be appreciated!
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