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On the re-use of text

Glossa Psycholinguistics strongly endorses and promotes two key principles of scholarly publishing:

(1) Authors should retain rights of ownership over their own work. This ownership is reflected in the CC BY 4.0 license of all Glossa Psycholinguistics articles. The CC BY license means that the author gives other people the right to share, use, and build upon their article, provided proper credit is given. The author remains the sole owner of their article, and can use and share it as they see fit.

(2) Transparency is critical to scientific integrity. Transparency is defined as the ethical obligation of researchers to make data, analyses, methods, and interpretive choices underlying their claims visible and accessible in a way that allows others to evaluate them.

Based on these two principles, we have developed a set of policies regarding the use of text from previous publications:

  1. Authors may freely re-use text describing empirical procedures, equipment, computational models, or data analysis methods drawn from their own previously published work, based on principles of fair use. Always keep in mind the purpose and character of your use, and the amount and substantiality of the part taken in proportion to the rest of the paper.

  2. Authors may also adapt text describing empirical procedures, equipment, computational models, or data analysis methods drawn from other authors’ publications, if doing so would promote clarity and transparency.

  3. In both cases, the scope of the recycled or adapted text should be clearly identified in the text itself and acknowledged with a footnote stating the original source and including a citation.

The rationale for these policies is that authors often put great effort into attempting to paraphrase previously published content to avoid any charges of plagiarism. However, those paraphrases may introduce inaccuracies that undermine the ability of other researchers to understand and replicate empirical and data analysis methods. The above policies are intended to ensure efficiency and accuracy as authors prepare manuscripts reporting their scientific contributions, whose originality we will evaluate based on the ideas, methods, and results reported. Re-use of text outside these guidelines will be treated as potential plagiarism and a violation of the COPE Code of Conduct for authors.

A related issue concerns the use of AI tools in the preparation of manuscripts. We expect authors in Glossa Psycholinguistics to observe the COPE guidelines on authorship and AI tools