Pressure to Publish: What is Causing Research and Publishing to Change?

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Oct 12, 2011 10:39:00 AM
pressure to publish

Tagged:  Social Media, Current Events, Resources

Bad Journalism Promotes Bad Science

Posted by David Rothschild on Oct 11, 2011 6:20:00 PM

Giant Squid TheoryScience Reporting and journalism have changed quite a bit over the last several decades. In the past, there were only a few central news sources that people got their scientific information from. For example, viewers would tune into the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite to get their daily or weekly update on scientific discovery and innovation.


Tagged:  Current Events

Is Digital Content Self-Correcting Through Crowdsourced Peer Review?

Posted by David Rothschild on Oct 4, 2011 9:04:00 AM

crowdsourced peer reviewOne of the most valuable tools that bloggers and digital content publications use as a source for edits is their user community. When a writer or organization either doesn’t have the resources for a standard editor or can’t cover the sheer volume of published works, they can  turn to their readers to point out grammatical errors, perform fact checking, and even scan content for cases of plagiarism.


Tagged:  Social Media

Social Content: Can the Originals be Lost in the Chatter?

Posted by David Rothschild on Sep 22, 2011 5:21:00 PM

content pollenationJoseph Esposito from the ‘Scholarly Kitchen’ wrote an interesting piece on social media and the evolution of the ‘fixed text.’ He analyzes the newly dynamic nature of the social web; from edits within Wikipedia to comments on a blog to multifaceted posts on Google Plus. Essentially, we are moving away from a time when a piece of content was easily defined, with a convenient start and finish.


Tagged:  Social Media

Plagiarizing Quotes in Journalism

Posted by David Rothschild on Sep 16, 2011 1:13:00 PM

interview quotesA quick Google search for ‘plagiarizing quotes’ or ‘plagiarism of quotes’ yields a plethora of results, however, most of the results are related to quotes about plagiarism.  There is nearly no information out there on plagiarizing quotations; instances where individuals have plagiarized other authors through the use of their quotations.


Tagged:  Best Practices

IASTED Publishing Policies - Preventing Author Plagiarism

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Sep 12, 2011 9:33:00 PM

plagiarism iasted broadcastOriginal audio broadcast can be found on  Brandon Hisey from The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) and Dan Videtto from iThenticate / iParadigms (former Managing Director) have a discussion on IASTED Live!


Tagged:  Scientific Technical Medical, Interviews

Plagiarism: To Punish or Not to Punish?

Posted by David Rothschild on Sep 9, 2011 3:36:00 PM

plagiarism punishmentThe blog, TechDirt, recently published an article titled, “Is Policing Plagiarism at A University As Counterproductive As Trying To Stop Copyright Infringement?”  The article postulates that creating a learning environment based on discovering plagiarism and punishing the culprits can backfire by producing a fearful and ineffective classroom atmosphere.   The author likens this to the back-and-forth battle over copyright infringement between companies and users that often leaves both sides with a bad taste in their mouth; this type of ongoing battle can stifle creativity with an ‘angry us-vs.-them world.’


Tagged:  Academic

ACSESS: iThenticate helps ensure we publish leading edge research

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Aug 30, 2011 12:28:00 PM

acs logoI recently had the pleasure of speaking with iThenticate customer, Brett Holte, who is the Submissions Services Manager at the Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS). Brett gave me insight into their editorial process, describing how it has changed since discovering plagiarism in submitted articles and implementing iThenticate. Mr. Holte also offers his advice to other scientific, technical and medical (STM) journals for preventing plagiarism before publication.


Tagged:  Interviews

What Is Self Plagiarism and How to Avoid It

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Aug 29, 2011 1:11:00 PM

self plagiarism white paperWriters often maintain that because they are the authors, they can reuse their work as they please; it couldn't be defined as "plagiarism" since they are not taking any words or ideas from someone else. However, while the debate on whether self-plagiarism is possible continues, the ethics of self-plagiarism is significant, especially because self-plagiarism can infringe upon a publisher’s copyright.


Tagged:  Best Practices

Can Ghostwriting Be Considered Plagiarism?

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 17, 2011 10:03:00 AM

ghost writingThe practice of commissioning an anonymous writer, or ghostwriter, to do one’s writing has been employed for a number of famous books and papers in the past, including official presidential biographies.  Examples of ghostwriting exist in almost every field – from politics to literature to scientific research.  Ghostwriting is an industry of its own; thousands of people make their living every year by writing anonymously.  Although ghostwriting has been historically accepted, it has been undergoing some criticism recently that it is considered a form of plagiarism.


Tagged:  Best Practices