Plagiarizing Your Pseudonym

October 23, 2008

As Bora is fond of pointing out, the weblog is nothing more or less than a tool. A communication tool that should be considered no differently from other tools such as the slide projector, the microphone, the printed journal or the telephone. For that matter, little different from airspace. The recent discussions on blogger pseudonymity (Abel, PalMD, Sciencewoman, Janet, PhysioProf) have been rattling around in my head and for some reason I had a thought about plagiarism. The question for today is this.
If you have a pseudonymous blog do you run the risk of plagiarizing yourself?

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Professor in Training has a great post up in which the selfish and authoritarian practices of the typical Program Director (the PI of the whole shebang) are revealed.

I learned today that Clueless Mentor has now asked Dr J to terminate any remaining personnel on his project by the end of December and to fund any incomplete studies using his own funding.
Clueless Mentor has not reduced any personnel and/or spending on his own project … in fact, spending had been substantially increased in recent months to facilitate the generation of more preliminary data that he could use to support a recent R01 as well as his own upcoming PPG submission.

It is absolutely essential for junior faculty who are participating on Big Mechanisms to understand the traditional pitfalls in addition to the benefits. Go read PiT’s excellent post.