Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A remedy for an author victim of plagiarism?

A method for compensating a plagiarized author-victim:

According to Spiro, the Free Press was made aware of the plagiarism and edited the article to note that it was details of the story was taken from iSportsWeb and include links to the site. The Free Press offered Harns [victim] compensation in the form of a free-lance rate as he had written for the publication in the past. It appears he refused, but asked the Free Press to donate it to a charity close to McCoy and the paper did that doubling the rate originally offered. In addition, Spiro reports that Sharp apologized to Harns and tried to offer compensation as well.


Separately, IPBiz takes issue with statements appearing in Plagiarism or text recycling? It depends on the context. - See more at:

But this student was working within the accepted standards of neuroscience under the guidance of an expert in the discipline, and the source text was a research report published in a scientific journal. As I discuss in my viewpoint essay, certain types of text recycling are not only common in the sciences, they have been formally recognized as acceptable (and perhaps sometimes desirable) practice by the Committee on Publication Ethics. - See more at:

If one is following an established procedure, there is no reason not to cite an earlier paper as the reference for the later procedure. If nothing else, this establishes that the procedure WAS followed. There have been some interesting cases wherein there was text about a standard procedure, which was not exactly followed, giving rise to different results, and then an argument about the standard procedure. Explicit citation cuts down on latititude for later weaseling.


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