Re: [visionlist] Plagiarism checks in Empirical Manuscripts

I too had a “funny” experience relative to journal plagiarism. 

A few years back I wanted to look at a paper I had presented/published several years before at Human Vision and Electronic Imaging. Rather than dig through my computer, I googled the paper title: “Three Varieties of Realism in Computer Graphics”. The paper came up as the first hit, but several hits down was a paper titled “Hi-Fidelity Computer Graphics” published in the “International Journal of Innovative Research in Technology”. Since I was intrigued, I downloaded the paper and started reading. After a page of introduction, the text became strangely familiar. The “authors” of the paper had cut-and-pasted four pages of the eight page document directly from my paper!

After doing some further investigation I found that the three authors (M.S. students at an obscure Indian university) had done this several times, “borrowing” from different published papers and switching up the author order, with the goal of padding their CV’s. Some further reading revealed that sadly, this is a widespread practice in some countries/fields, and that there are many “pay-to-play” journals that will publish whatever they are given as long as the publishing fee is received.

So who knows, you, like me, might have more co-authors than you think!



p.s. In case you’re interested in padding /your/ CV the website for the journal is

Submission is easy. Make sure to have your credit card ready!

On Jul 10, 2017, at 3:46 PM, Robert Sekuler wrote:

I had a funny experience being flagged for possible plagiarism.  

The journal’s very thorough plagiarism detector reported that a high proportion of my submission was duplicated from a document that it found on the web.  

No surprise, though. Turns out the duplicated article was an early draft of the submitted article that I had posted on my website. And the editor immediately understood what had happened. No harm done.

Bob sekuler 


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