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On the Ethical Aspects of so-called Self-Plagiarism: Or the Technology of Processing the Academic Recyclate
Opatrný Dominik
The so called redundant publications are becoming a major theme in the academic sphere, as it has become easier to produce and reveal copied texts. Nevertheless, the academic sphere lacks precise university regulations and journal policies distinguishing ethically acceptable recycling from unethical self-plagiarism. The article analyses several norms in their academic context. Two interesting observations are shown: first, the existing rules differ significantly; second, they originate in the natural and social sciences. I argue that more precise norms are needed. It would be, however, not possible to agree on a single set of universal rules, as they must take into consideration also the specifics of each academic discipline, especially in the case of humanities.

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