2017 Webinar 1: It Starts With Me: Understanding & Dealing With Self-Plagiarism

Held: February 9, 2017, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Time

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Self-plagiarism, or text recycling, continues to be one of the least-understood types of author misconduct, with authors themselves often being unaware that reuse of their own writing could be a violation of publication ethics. But the reality is that text recycling not only undermines scholarship-it can also result in inadvertent copyright infringement. However, it remains a confusing issue. For example, some degree of duplication may be allowable, such as the limited reuse of text from methods sections, and the issue is further complicated by certain persistent gray areas and cultural considerations. This session will examine what exactly constitutes unacceptable text recycling, why it happens, why it’s problematic, and what journals can do to prevent it through education, policies, and processes.


  • Develop an understanding of what constitutes self-plagiarism.
  • Develop an understanding of the author perspective on self-plagiarism.
  • Learn how editors can prevent and detect self-plagiarism.


Daniel Nadolny, Managing Editor, Cancer Cytopathology, American Cancer Society


Clarinda Cerejo, Editor-in-Chief, Editage Insights
Clarinda Cerejo is Editor-in-Chief of Editage Insights, a global multilingual learning and discussion platform for researchers, covering all aspects of academic publishing. Clarinda has over 10 years of experience working closely with non-native English-speaking authors to help them get published in international English-language journals. Through her work as an academic editor and trainer, she has become well acquainted with the pressures that researchers face and the challenges they encounter in trying to get published. She is passionate about author education and aims to improve communication between authors and journals through her research publications and podium presentations.
Ben Mudrak, PhD, Global Communications Director, Research Square/AJE
Dr. Mudrak is the Global Communications Manager at Research Square, where he has worked since 2007. Dr. Mudrak has led numerous webinars and workshops for researchers on academic writing and. He also oversees the American Journal Experts Author Resource Center, an online collection of over 250 articles, videos, and white papers touching on preparing manuscripts, getting published, and publication ethics. He graduated from Duke University with a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and performed over eight years of research on pathogenic bacteria at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.