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Text Recycling (AKA “self-plagiarism”) in research writing: complications and best practices

Tuesday, March 14, 2023; 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (PST)

Design & Innovation Building #208


Text recycling is the reuse of material from one's own documents that is not identified as a quotation in the new document, such as when researchers reuse descriptions of methods from their prior articles. Text recycling presents complicated ethical and legal challenges due to inconsistent and ambiguous terminology and a lack of consistent expectations about what constitutes acceptable practice. This presentation will provide an overview of work from the Text Recycling Research Project, including a new taxonomy of text recycling and best practices for researchers.

Cary Moskovitz, PhD

Cary Moskovitz has served as Director of Writing in the Disciplines in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University since 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Cary is Director and lead P.I. for the NSF-funded Text Recycling Research Project. His articles and essays related to the teaching of writing and text recycling have appeared in such publications as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Science, College Composition and Communication, Research Integrity and Peer Review, Bioscience, Science and Engineering Ethics, and the Journal of College Science Teaching.

This workshop will qualify for the Ethical Challenges of Research Special Topics for postdocs earning RCR training. 

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