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If you find an article that is plagiarized you can either submit a report on the article itself, marking it as "Plagiarized," or you can report it in the Spam and Abuse Watch[^] forum with your evidence and a link to the members account, or you can email me directly email@example.com if you suspect plagiarism or have further plagiarism questions or concerns.
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I recently had very unpleasant experience publishing my article. The article was compilation of information posted on my personal blog. Since CodeProject is not a scientific journal and does not require publication to be original, I thought it would be totally within CodeProject guidelines.
My article was published, but closed the same day with the following reason:
"This item is a copy of an existing article and does not provide adequate reference to the original".
So since there is no clear way to communicate with the editors, I tried to resubmit the article and asked the same question in the "Notes to editors section". To my surprise this resulted in my account being deactivated:
"Your account at CodeProject has been reported as 'The member is a spammer' 10 times and is now deactivated."
So I am in a very nasty situation: my article, in which I wrote every single word, is closed, my account is deactivated, I have not heard a single word back from the editors and still have no idea what happened.
Here is the link to the article: Introduction to Diligent Engine 2.0[^]
Interestingly, this is the second time the article is closed (after my attempt to resumbit it), and this time the reason is different: "Closed because this post is spam, abusive or otherwise inappropriate." There is also a comment that gives me a clue that the article may have been sumbitted to the wrong catergory:
"Please go to the Game Development Table of Contents to view the list of available articles in
Very quick search reveals a number of articles that are structured in exactly the same way as mine such as this one: Evaluation Engine[^]. I'd still like to understand what was the real reason for closing my article and deactivating my account. Was it because I did not mention that the article copies my personal web site and what would be the right way to do this then? Was it because the section was not right? Or was it something different?
Because this article contains whole sections of your blog, and you haven't indicated in any part that you were the original author, I suspect that your article was closed by people voting for it as plagiarised. A simple disclaimer at the top is all you would have needed to explain.
Which I would definitely do if somebody from reviewers told me what the problem is rather than tagging the article as a spam. As I said, I asked that question in the "Any comments for our editors?" section for the lack of clear way of communication with the reviewers.
So what would you suggest me to do now? I am clearly not going to create another account with CP. Is forgetting about the site my best option now?
Plagiarism is a huge problem in publishing and our members are very protective of others' work. We have a lot of instances of people stealing others' work and passing it off as their own, and that's not fair to the original author or those use the pilfered work.
I'm sorry your article was caught up in this, but the reason is most likely because it's not immediately apparent that the original article and GitHub repo is your own work. A note in the intro of the article saying "This article is about my Diligent Engine. I hosted the code on GitHub." would immediately make this clear.
If you need to contact an editor just email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're happy to re-open, and add the line I mentioned above, if you wish.
Thanks for reactivating my account.
I am not trying to argue that plagiarism should be coped with. I am also not trying to rewrite CP's guidelines. I was merely trying to understand what was wrong with the article. As I mentioned several times I did not find any clear way to communicate with the reviewers before I was deactivated. Is sending an email to the addresses you mentioned is the official way?
I do not want to blindly resubmit the article for the third time. "Publish" is the only option I see. If somebody could update my article so that it is not closed again, I would at least understand what exactly I need to write next time. Also, I do not think my article deserves 1.8 rating.
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