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Scholarly Publishing Toolkit

Publishing support for authors and researchers, with information on publishing agreements, evaluating publishers, and Open Access.

Avoiding Plagiarism & Research Misconduct in the Publication Process

Responsible Authorship

All UT students and faculty should be familiar with responsible and ethical publishing practices. This includes knowing answers to:

  • Who should be listed as an author? Who should not be listed?
  • What constitutes self-plagiarism?
  • What is salami-slicing data, and what is the harm?
  • What is redundant publication, and what is the harm?
  • Can you submit an article to more than one journal?
  • What is a journal's right of first publication?
  • Is plagiarism the same as copyright infringement?

Guide to Ethical Writing

The Office of Research Integrity (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) maintains a learning module and publication by Miguel Roig, Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-Plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing. Roig presents 28 guidelines for ethical writing, including:

  • Guideline 10: Authors who submit a manuscript for publication containing previously disseminated data, reviews, conclusions, etc., must clearly indicate to the editors and readers the nature of the previous dissemination. The provenance of data must never be in doubt.
  • Guideline 12: In the domain of conferences and similar audio-visual presentations of their work, authors should practice the same principles of transparency with their audiences. 

Please review Roig's guide and ask others to do the same.

Resources at UT

Resources Elsewhere

  • COPE: The Committee on Publication Ethics provides guidelines on responsible authorship and case studies of research publishing questions.
  • ICMJE: The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors provides resources and recommendations for research conduct, reporting, and editing.

Plagiarism Detection Tools

To get an account for iThenticate at UT, you must request an account through UT's Office of Research and Engagement.

Other tools (this is a list of available tools, not an endorsement):

Don't use Viper (see this page about Viper's connection to paper mills).