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Re: OA as provision against salami and double publishing

Dear colleagues,

Commercial scholarly publishers (like the one I work for: Walter
de Gruyter) usually have a considerable interest in making clear

1. their content is a unique contribution to the global scholarly
collaboration - therefore not double published, and

2. the publisher is the certified place to look up that unique
information in its integrity.

There is a CrossRef initiative underway that can help solving not
only the problem of double publishing, but also of plagiarism.
The idea is: Publishers load their content to a CrossRef database
- thus open to other publishers for the purpose of plagiarism
checking. Publishers run their content against this database, get
problematic results flagged up - and can take action accordingly.

Alongside with the CrossRef technology above there will be a
quality label saying:

1. content is provided for plagiarism detection;

2. content has been checked actively for potential plagiarism.

This would of course neither entirely prevent intentional double
publishing nor multiple open access locations/search results. But
it will help distinguish between results and add to the
reliability of journal content.

Joachim Engelland
Verlag Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG
Business Development Online
Genthiner Strasse 13
D-10785 Berlin

phone: +49 (30) 26 005 363
fax: +49 (30) 26 005 355
email: Joachim.Engelland@deGruyter.com
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