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Attitudes toward text recycling in academic writing across disciplines

Hall, Susanne E. and Moskovitz, Cary and Pemberton, Michael A. (2018) Attitudes toward text recycling in academic writing across disciplines. Accountability in Research, 25 (3). pp. 142-169. ISSN 0898-9621. doi:10.1080/08989621.2018.1434622.

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Text recycling, the reuse of material from one’s own previously published writing in a new text without attribution, is a common academic writing practice that is not yet well understood. While some studies of text recycling in academic writing have been published, no previous study has focused on scholars’ attitudes toward text recycling. This article presents results from a survey of over 300 journal editors and editorial board members from 86 top English-language journals in 16 different academic fields regarding text recycling in scholarly articles. Responses indicate that a large majority of academic gatekeepers believe text recycling is allowable in some circumstances; however, there is a lack of clear consensus about when text recycling is or is not appropriate. Opinions varied according to the source of the recycled material, its structural location and rhetorical purpose, and conditions of authorship conditions—as well as by the level of experience as a journal editor. Our study suggests the need for further research on text recycling utilizing focus groups and interviews.

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Additional Information:© 2018 Taylor & Francis. Received 08 Jan 2018, Accepted 27 Jan 2018, Accepted author version posted online: 02 Feb 2018. Published online: 24 Feb 2018.
Subject Keywords:Writing in the disciplines, academic publishing, self-plagiarism, academic honesty, research ethics, text reuse, academic writing
Issue or Number:3
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Official Citation:Susanne Hall, Cary Moskovitz & Michael A. Pemberton (2018) Attitudes toward text recycling in academic writing across disciplines, Accountability in Research, 25:3, 142-169, DOI: 10.1080/08989621.2018.1434622
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:13 Feb 2018 18:50
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