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Working Paper

The Experience of the RePEc Plagiarism Committee in Economics


Abstract: RePEc is an open bibliography project driven entirely by volunteers and without a budget. It was created to enhance the dissemination of research in economics by making it more accessible to authors, publishers, and readers: 1800 publishers participate in this initiative, and 44000 authors are registered. Some of those authors became frustrated when their work was plagiarized and no action was taken. Many have asked whether RePEc could take action. The RePEc Plagiarism Committee was created to respond to this request. Because RePEc has no enforcement power, it can only ?name and shame? verified offenders. This essay discusses the experience over the first years of the Committee.

Keywords: Plagiarism; academic literature; naming and shaming; economics;

JEL Classification: A13; A14;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2015-04-01

Number: 2015-8

Pages: 8 pages