Battling Piracy in Academic Publishing

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 11, 2016 9:33:11 AM
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Last year, we took a look at a lawsuit that was filed by publisher Elsevier against several sites, the most prominent of which were Library Genesis and Sci-Hub.

Both Library Genesis and Sci-Hub make paywalled research papers available for free to users both through direct download of already-accessed works through EDU proxies that allow them to download any paper not in their library.
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When Self-Publishing and Academic Ethics Collide

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 6, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In July 2014, Owen Roberts was appointed the Superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools. The Florida school district, which includes Gainesville, is responsible for about 28,000 students and operates 41 schools.

However, the same month he received his appointment, Roberts self-published a book entitled A Framework for Improving School Systems in the 21st Century. Over the past year and a half, he’s not only proudly sold the book online, both digitally and in print, but he has given out copies to others, including Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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Do Famous Authors Get Special Treatment?

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 3, 2016 10:17:29 AM

Though not well known in the United States, Margaret Wente is a prominent conservative columnist in Canada. Her regular column with The Globe and Mail has been a fixture at the paper since 1992 and she also makes regular TV and radio appearances.

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The Strange Case of the New York Daily News Plagiarism Scandal

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

For a moment, it seemed as if Shaun King would be yet another beloved reporter condemned by plagiarism.

On April 19th, King published an article on the New York Daily News on Elliot Earl Williams, a mentally ill man who died in an Oklahoma jail. However, The Daily Beast quickly noticed that the article bore an uncanny resemblance to an article published on their site covering the same case.

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Amid Chaos Comes Allegations of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 25, 2016 9:58:20 AM

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The University of Hyderabad and its vice-chancellor, Appa Rao Podile, have been in the news a great deal lately. Unfortunately, not much of it has been positive.

In recent months, protests on the campus have erupted following the suicide of a campus scholar that is widely blamed on the school’s administration and caste discrimination.

In January, as the protests reached a climax, Podile took a “long leave” from the campus in an effort to help to restore calm. However, when he returned in March, the protests flared up anew and led to clashes between protesters and police.

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The Emotional Toll of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 6, 2016 11:30:41 AM

Author Eilis O’Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon is a journalist and author based in Northern Ireland. She, along with her partner, Ian McConnell, wrote under the pseudonym Ingrid Black, and published four crime drama novels: The Dead, which achieved widespread success, as well as the three sequels to the book The Dark Eye, The Judas Heart and Circle of the Dead.

The stories focused on a former FBI agent named Saxon who was living in Dublin and working as a true-crime author, solving very real crimes along the way. But while the story of a crime novelist having to investigate real-life crime makes for great fiction, it became a true story for O’Hanlon after she discovered her novel was being plagiarized on Amazon by a mysterious author named “Joanne Clancy”.

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WIRED Fires Reporter for Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Mar 15, 2016 10:06:11 AM

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Four years after Jonah Lehrer
, WIRED has found itself once again at the center of a plagiarism story, but this time one involving a new journalist who is accused of uncited text in each of the four pieces he published for the site.

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Moscow Linguistic University Head Accused of Dissertation Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Feb 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In Russia, the head of the Moscow State Linguistic University is facing allegations of plagiarism in his PhD thesis. 


The allegations target acting rector of the school, Igor Manokhin, sometimes known as “In-Yaz”, and are brought by Sergei Parkhomenko, the co-founder of Dissernet, a voluntary collective of researchers working to detect plagiarism in Russian theses.

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The Ethics of Rehosting and Cross-Posting Content

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Feb 23, 2016 11:56:03 AM

There is little doubt that Yahoo has been struggling lately. Recently having revealed that the company is for sale, the move comes just days after a round of layoffs that saw it exit much of its content creation markets, including several digital magazines.

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Trading Blows Over Plagiarism in MMA

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Feb 8, 2016 9:38:36 AM

As a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor, Kenny Florian faced a wide variety of opponents. A runner-up in The Ultimate Fighter season 1 and a title contender in two different weight classes, Florian had a lengthy and successful career as a fighter.

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