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Account Res. 2014;21(3):176-97. doi: 10.1080/08989621.2014.848071.

Self-plagiarism and textual recycling: legitimate forms of research misconduct.

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a The University of Southern Mississippi , Hattiesburg , Mississippi , USA.

Abstract

The concept of self-plagiarism frequently elicits skepticism and generates confusion in the research ethics literature, and the ethical status of what is often called "textual recycling" is particularly controversial. I argue that, in general, self-plagiarism is unethical because it is deceptive and dishonest. I then distinguish several forms of it and argue against various common rationalizations for textual recycling. I conclude with a discussion of two instances of textual recycling, distinguishing them in terms of their ethical seriousness but concluding that both are ethically problematic.

PMID:
24325212
DOI:
10.1080/08989621.2014.848071
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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