The pitfalls of self-plagiarism: Implications for physical therapy research

Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies

ISSN: 2161-0673

Open Access

The pitfalls of self-plagiarism: Implications for physical therapy research

2nd International Conference on Sports Medicine and Fitness

April 18-20, 2016 Dubai, UAE

Ashokan Arumugam and Fahad K Aldhafiri

Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Sports Med Doping Stud

Abstract :

The practice of research without involving in any scientific misconduct or academic malpractice is ideally expected from every researcher. Plagiarism is a form of unethical research practice which involves copying of others work and claiming as one├ó┬?┬?s own asset without citing the original source of that work. Despite the fact that plagiarism violates the ethics in writing and publishing, it has not been eradicated yet. This study focuses on the prevalence, types, and consequences of self-plagiarism, and also the ways to combat this issue, which a physical therapy researcher must know. Surprisingly, the definition of plagiarism does not include selfplagiarism as such. Self-plagiarism is typically defined as reusing one├ó┬?┬?s previously published work in their following publications without clearly citing their previous work. Moreover, self-plagiarism includes text recycling, redundant publication, augmented publication, and salami-slicing/segmented publication. Self-plagiarism can lead to copyright infringement, excessive loading of editorial and peer-review strategies, and manuscript retraction. ├ó┬?┬?self-citation├ó┬?┬? is a useful strategy to prevent self-plagiarism. However, all authors must adhere to the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics to prevent any form of plagiarism. Some software or databases such as D├?┬ęj├?┬á vu, eTBLAST, Cross-Check, WCopyfind, and SPlaT can be used by the authors to detect selfplagiarism before publishing their work. In summary, self-plagiarism infringes the writing and publishing ethics, and appropriate measures should be followed by every physical therapy researcher to detect, combat, and prevent this form of research malpractice.

Biography :

Ashokan Arumugam is working as an Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He received his PhD from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand in May 2014. He has 16 peer-reviewed publications in international journals. He has worked as a clinician and/or an academician in various capacities at many institutions in India and New Zealand. He is an Editorial Board Member of 8 international peer-reviewed journals. He has been a peer reviewer of manuscripts for more than 12 international journals. He has also been a resource person for seminars/ workshops on Manual Therapy and Manuscript Writing at some institutions in India. His current research focus is on the following areas: musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, hamstring injuries, motor control, gait analysis, surface electromyography, low back pain, physical activity analysis in children, and Down syndrome.


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