Scholars passing off old work as new to drive up publications counts

“Pressure to publish is pushing many academics to plagiarise large volumes of their own work by “dressing up” their old research to appear as if it were new, a study has found. “Researchers using text-matching software have highlighted the phenomenon of “self-plagiarism”, in which academics recycle sections of their previously published work without proper citations. “Scholars who engage in the practice, which undermines academia’s pursuit of original knowledge, can gain an unfair career advantage over their more honest colleagues, the researchers say.” You can read the rest of this article on the Times Higher Education website. This report mentions a study conducted by Tracey Bretag and Saadia Carapiet from the University of South Australia – a report based on this study is available from the ‘Plagiary’ website.

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