John P. Lesko, Editor
Department of English
Saginaw Valley St. Univ
University Center, MI
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Call for Papers
A refereed online journal, Plagiary
articles, reviews, and reports addressing
general and specific issues related to plagiarism, fabrication,
and falsification. Authors are invited to submit papers and "perspectives"
articles for publications consideration in the following areas:
specific misconduct (i.e. journalism, history, science . .
decisions and pending decisions/litigation
instances and views
of modern conventions for referencing and source acknowledgement
genres of discourse
traditions and conceptualizations of plagiarism
issues (i.e. copyright infringement, federal regulations)
studies (modern or historical; inter-/intra-lingual)
detection and prevention
approaches and student perspectives at the university level
(cheating & academic integrity)
reports on related phenomena (i.e. cryptomnesia, forgery)
of plagiary with other forms of fraudulent behavior and scholarly
topics of clear relevance to the study of plagiary, fabrication,
and falsification (i.e. legimate means of derivative expression,
and studies which analyze such topics as mimicry,
parody, pastiche and the like )
to published articles
idea list below)
articles to be featured in Plagiary
are scheduled for publication in January of 2006. Authors/scholars/researchers
are invited to submit papers and research reports to be considered
for publication in Volume I, 2006. "Perspectives" articles
are also welcomed in the form of opinion pieces which discuss
current and relevant issues of interest such as pending cases
of copyright litigation (i.e. the Google copyright controversy),
current cases of research fraud (i.e. Hwang Woo Suk and the fabricated
human stem cell cloning results), recently disclosed instances
of plagiary, and other topics of importance.
the model of an online, open access scholarly journal, papers
will be organized within Plagiary according
to volume number and paper number. Papers will be published on
an ongoing basis as they are reviewed and revised (depending on
referee recommendations). At the end of each calendar year, a
hardcopy version of the journal will also be made available for
individual and institutional purchase (i.e. Plagiary 2006,
Plagiary 2007 . . . ).
Published through the University of Michigan's Scholarly
Publishing Office (SPO), the journal contents are distributed
and preserved on a non-exclusive basis by the University of Michigan
Library. Advance online copies of articles will be available as
Adobe pdf's at the journal homepage, www.plagiary.org. As part
of the University of Michigan library collection, the journal
falls under the preservation scope of a major research institution
thus guaranteeing long term preservation of the journal content
in perpetuity while also making research results available to
other scholars via the Internet under an "open access",
advance online publication model.
to being hosted by the University of Michigan's Scholarly
Publishing Office, abstracts and advance copies of articles
from Plagiary are available on the "Papers
and Perspectives" page at http://www.plagiary.org/papers_and_perspectives.htm.
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of commercial minded publishers setting the agendas, service minded
scholars make the results of important research freely available
in an online environment.
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Papers are accepted for consideration with the understanding that
they have not previously been published elsewhere (with the exception
of conference abstracts and proceedings as well as newly updated
or otherwise revised research reports--editorial notation of such
to be made with a byline of previous publications with author
responsible for obtaining any permissions necessary; reprints
for the purposes of providing a historical perspective are also
eligible for publications consideration, again with an acknowledgement
of such), and are not currently being considered for publication
in other venues of scholarly publication. Upon acceptance of an
article/review for publication, copyright will be assigned to
the Editorial Board of Plagiary with a non-exclusive
agreement to distribute and preserve journal content being assigned
to the Scholarly Publishing
Office of the University of Michigan Library. No
reasonable request by authors for permission to reproduce contributions
to Plagiary shall be refused.
- In submitting
articles for consideration to Plagiary, authors and
co-authors affirm that they are the author (s) and/or copyright
holders of such articles, and they assume full responsibility
for the views expressed in their articles.
Research articles should be between 12-40 pages ("perspectives"
articles 5-20 pages; book reviews 1-8 pages), word-processed,
double spaced, including a brief abstract (200 wds) and a brief
author bio statement.
by email: via email attachment in .rtf format (MS Word or Wordperfect)
including on a separate cover page (for blind review process)
the author's/authors' name (s), affiliation (s), address, home
and office telephone/fax numbers, and email address.
by regular mail: same as for email; please include an e-copy
on CD or floppy disk.
John P. Lesko, Editor
Department of English
Saginaw Valley St. Univ
University Center, MI
APA (American Psychological
Association--see the OWL
at Purdue University for a useful guide) preferred, but allowances
made for particular citation and document format conventions
for various disciplines.
Review: To facilitate the blind review process, please remove
all identifying information from the main text of your manuscript.
Either embed as actual tables (i.e. not formatted with spaces
and tabs) within text of a Word document or submit scanned copies
of tables and figures as separate email attachments, keeping
them independent of the article text.
Supply as Tiff (*.TIF), JPEG (*.JPG), or BMP (*.BMP) files,
saved separately from manuscript text.
use endnotes sparingly when necessary.
Include an alphabetized reference list of all sources cited
within your text. Samples of APA style reference items appear
(1998). The Death and Return of the Author. Edinburgh,
M. J., Hirschi, T., & Weis, J. G. (1981). Measuring delinquency.
Hills, CA: Sage.
J. (1997). The social construction of our inner selves. Journal
Psychology, 10, 7-24.
Brown, A. S. and Murphy, D. R. (1989). Cryptomnesia: Delineating
plagiarism. Journal of Experimental Psychology:
Memory and Cognition, 15 (3), 432-442.
the Editor: Idea List of Paper Titles/Topics/Themes Related
- The Google Copyright Controversy--a forthcoming
"perspectives" article seems to favor the Googlization
of libray collections. What are the arguments against such digitization
- The fabrications and research fraud of South Korean scientist
Hwang Woo Suk of human cloning infamy. How did such a fraudulent
article make it past the "gatekeepers" of such a prestigious
scientific publication [Science]? How will this case
affect the public image of scientists in the years ahead? What
can be done to prevent such things in the future? . . .
• The State of the Text: Professional
Discourse Communities and the Integrity of the Professional
Literature (c.f. Willinsky, J. (1990) " Intellectual
property rights and responsibilities: The state of the text."—this
might be a unique opportunity for a regular editorial feature
with an invited contributor each year to expound on “The
State of the Text”)
• Plagiarism Detection: Problems and New Challenges
for the Academy
• Literary Plagiary and Originality: A Historical Overview
of Modern Conceptualizations of Plagiarism
• Journalism and Truthfulness in Reporting: Re-Cultivating
a Public Image after Fabrication, Plagiarism, and Falsification
(i.e. “anonymous source” reporting, the Newsweek
Quran affair, the New York Times Jayson Blair fiasco,
USA Today’s Jack Kelley episode, the Dan Rather
CBS memo on President Bush’s national guard service,
• Government Intelligence Communities and “Sexed
Up” Dossiers: Downing Street and the Public Image after
the Lifted Iraq War Dossier
• Ethics and Scholarly Integrity: What has gone wrong?
• When Theologians and Religious Leaders Plagiarize:
Part I of Case Studies in Religious Plagiary (including analysis
of plagiarism across the religious spectrum, inclusive of
• Historians and Primary Historical Sources: Notable
Instances of “Plagiarism” Under Analysis
• Career Fakers, Fabricators, Forgers and Plagiarists:
Part I in a Series of Case Studies in Scientific and Medical
• Cryptomnesia: Implications for Popular Genres of Discourse
• Science and Technology: How Common is Research Misconduct
in the Scientific Literature?
• Theatrical “Plagiarism” and Derivation:
A Playwright’s Perspective [topics along these lines
might also include analyses of specific works and the sources
• Measuring Textual Re-Use in Journalistic Domains,
Part 2 (c.f. P. Clough’s “Measuring Text Re-Use
in Journalistic Domains”)
• The “Death of the Author” as an “Attempted
Murder” by French Poststructuralists
• Literary Plagiarists: Modern Scholarship Uncovers
the Sources of Canonical Works [Mark Twain, Poe, Wells, Hawthorne,
Irving, Pushkin . . . much potential here ]
• The Politics of Legitimized Plagiary: Speechwriters,
ghostwriters, and other behind-the-scenes composers (But what
happens when your speechwriter plagiarizes too?)