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UGC Instructs Researchers Against Self-Plagiarism



Self-plagiarism, will not be in practice any more.  In the interests of Indian academia, to promote Indian research among the nations, and to ensure credibility and quality, from time to time the UGC has instituted various measures. In its efforts to curb plagiarism the UGC issued the University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions Regulations, 2018), so that plagiarised work does not acquire any credibility or value in evaluation.

In continuation of its initiative, and in line with global standards of ethical publishing established by leading institutions and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the UGC draws the attention of the academic community through a notification.

What is Self-Plagiarism / Text-recycling?

According to UGC notification, self-plagiarism / Text-recycling includes:

  • Republishing the same paper already published elsewhere without due and full citation;
  • Publishing smaller/excerpted work from a longer and previous 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;
  • Breaking up a longer/larger study into smaller sections and publishing them as altogether new work without due and full citation;
  • Paraphrasing one’s own previously published work without due and full citation of the original.

Also Read: What is Plagiarism?

UGC Instructions

  • Reproduction, in part or whole, of one’s own previously, published work without adequate citation and proper acknowledgement 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.
  • Self-citations do not add any number/s to the individual’s citation index or h-index in global academia.
  • Vice-Chancellors, Selection Committees, Screening Committees, IQACs 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, the 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 UGC will be issuing a set of parameters to evaluate instances of text recycling/self-plagiarism soon.

Official Notification: Public Notice regarding Self-Plagiarism

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