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Re: (off-topic) self-plagiarism

Dear Ajay and Pierre,

the reviewers are not the only ones to be blamed if a journal publishes material that was already out there.

A journal should take steps to avoid sending reviewers at least close-to-perfect replicates: it is better if only one person in the editorial offices runs the necessary simple checks rather than having two or three reviewers doing so. It is only less clear cut cases of self-plagiarism that should be left to the judgment of reviewers and to their knowledge of the field, which, depending on how carefully they have been chosen, should be up-to-date.

Humbly, my two cents.

Best regards,


Divakaran, Ajay wrote:
Dear All,

I once got a conference paper that looked remarkably like something I had reviewed a few weeks prior. I felt I had to inform both conferences, and so I did. The paper was rejected by both conferences even though I gave it a good review for its technical content. I would have been happier in some sense if the paper had not been technically good.

My feeling is that if the reviewer presents concrete evidence of self-plagiarism, no editor can overlook it. In this case, the papers are already out there in public view, so just including the references to the paper in the review and recommending rejection should suffice. You can also send a special note to the editor about this. Usually a journal is obliged to communicate the complete set of reviews to all the reviewers along with the decision so once you have pointed it out in a review explicitly, it is not easy to overlook.

I say this as an editor of a journal myself. I would like to think that the papers that get multiply published do so because of honest oversight by reviewers, and not because anyone is condoning self-plagiarism.

Best Regards,

Ajay Divakaran, Ph.D.
Technical Manager
Vision and Multi-Sensor Systems
Sarnoff Corporation
201 Washington Road
PO Box 5300
Princeton, NJ 08543

Phone: 609-734-2204
Fax: 609-734-2662

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From: AUDITORY - Research in Auditory Perception [mailto:AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Stefan Strahl
Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2009 2:58 PM
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Subject: Re: (off-topic) self-plagiarism

The old-school model supported by Dr. Divenyi doesn't work. As evident from
notorious cases in the past, it never did. - Lance Nizami PhD
There is the option to ask the editor of a journal to retract an
article, see for example

So Laszlo could contact the journals and ask them to reevaluate the
publication knowing of the existance of the five other articles.

:) stefan

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