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RePEc plagiarism procedures

  1. The guiding principle is the following statement, taken from the Duties of authors as published on the Elsevier website (accessed 2 March 2011):
    Originality and Plagiarism

    The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

    Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

  2. For the committee to take up a case, the offending work must be listed on RePEc.
  3. To submit a case of plagiarism, contact any member of the committee. This person may transfer the case to another one. Only case where both the plagiarising and plagiarised works are listed on RePEc will be considered. Note that the committee does not accept anonymous accusations. The corresponding committee member can be asked not to reveal the identity of the complainant, including to other committee members.
  4. Provide links to the relevant works and if necessary attach the pdf files (in the case of a gated publication, for example, only for use by the committee). Provide as much detail as possible why you think this is a case of plagiarism.
  5. The committee member then looks at the case, contacts the offending authors for a reaction within two weeks.
  6. After this deadline, the committee member submits the case to the committee, with a recommendation for a vote. Once a two-thirds majority of currently active committee members have approved of a sanction, this sanction is applied.
  7. The sanction may include any of the following, if so voted:
  8. If the case is published on this site, any further development will be duly noted.
NB: Complaints about authors claiming the works of others in their RePEc profile should be addressed to the RePEc Author Service administrator.

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