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Re-publishing own work will now be called self-plagiarism, could affect promotions: UGC

UGC notice says it will soon issue set of parameters to evaluate instances of self-plagiarism. It had earlier made research ethics and plagiarism mandatory part of students’ coursework.

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New Delhi: Re-publishing or re-cycling one’s own academic work will now affect selection and promotions of academics in colleges and universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) said Monday.

In a notification seeking to “draw the attention of the academic community”, the UGC called the re-use of own academic work “self-plagiarism”, and warned everyone against the practice.

“Reproduction, in part or whole, of one’s own previously published work without adequate citation and proper acknowledgment and claiming the most recent work as new and original for any academic advantage amounts to ‘text-recycling’ (also known as ‘self-plagiarism’) and is not acceptable,” the notification issued by UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said.

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What is self-plagiarism according to UGC?

The UGC notification has explained what self-plagiarism means.

Text-recycling or self-plagiarism, according to the UGC notification, includes republishing the same paper already published elsewhere without due and full citation and publishing smaller or excerpted work from a longer and previous one without due and full citations in order to show a larger number of publications.

Reusing data already used in a published work, or communicated for publication, in another work without due and full citation, and breaking up a longer or larger study into smaller sections and publishing them as altogether new work without due and full citation will also be construed as self-plagiarism.

The notification said paraphrasing one’s own previously published work without due and full citation of the original will also be considered recycling.

Evaluation of published work to ensure it’s not self-plagiarised

The notice also warned that self-citations do not add any numbers to the individual’s citation index in global academia.

“Vice Chancellors, selection committees, screening committees and all/any experts involved in academic performance/evaluation and assessment are hereby strongly advised that their decisions in the case of promotions, selections, credit allotment, award of research degrees must be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s published work to ensure that the work being submitted for promotion/selection is not self-plagiarized,” the notice said.

The UGC said it will soon issue a set of parameters to evaluate the instances of self-plagiarism.

“In order to ensure that plagiarised work does not acquire any credibility, UGC has issued guidelines against plagiarism earlier as well. This notice is in continuation to the effort to curb plagiarism in academia,” Jain said.

Worried about the rising cases of plagiarism across Indian institutes, the UGC had last year in December made it mandatory for students to learn about research ethics and plagiarism as a part of their coursework.

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  1. Good move by UGC. Another serious academic fraud UGC must look into is ghost authorship. When someone adds his/her name as author in a publication without any or artificial contribution as a syndicate plan it really results in a bigger malpractice than republishing. UGC/AICTE/MHRD please stop this anyhow.

  2. First request to ugc to please look into the condition of teachers in our nation. Teachers are going through bad phase specially this are working in private institutions. Then look upon their research activities. Do you think that unstable mind will lead to any reasearch.

  3. Good. All those 40 year olds who have illegally occupied rooms of JNU, amu,jamia for years will now have to work hard or just need to get lost. No more free lunch.

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