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Presenting the words and ideas of others as if they were one’s own is a cardinal sin in academia. Along with fabricating data and falsifying results, plagiarism is part of a triad of universally condemned actions that could tarnish or in egregious cases, end an academic career. Consequently, the education system provides instruction and training to students on what it is and how to avoid it.

As computers have changed how scholars write and made the reproduction of existing works easier, academics have detected a subtle form of plagiarism in which individuals plagiarize themselves. Self-plagiarizing is broadly defined as the presentation by an author of his or her own expressions, ideas, and data without acknowledging that he or she has used them in earlier works. Unlike ...

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