On recycling ideas - Self-plagiarism in higher ed: Opinion

January 13, 2020

Scott McLemee explores the rules and reasoning behind self-plagiarism in academia. The author notes that there are various guidelines regarding self-plagiarism circulating--some more formal than others--that suggest that an author is permitted to reuse anywhere from 10% to 30% of a previously published work when preparing a new one. An author might choose to recycle their ideas for a variety of reasons, especially time constraints, but McLemee concludes that self-plagiarism might ease anxiety around ownership of ideas and the inadvertent plagiarism of another's work. Inside Higher Ed (International)