While pursuing a career or academic research and publication, it is only natural to expect academicians to develop on their previous works or pursue a set line of investigation. More often than not, research or experimental investigation spans over years and researchers may indulge in multiple publications on the matter which builds on their previous works.

However, reusing one’s own previous publication is a taboo that comes under the ambit of self-plagiarism. This is a great dilemma that is strongly challenged by many academicians who argue using one’s own work is not ethically plagiarism. However, there are certain limitations on how one can use one’s previous works, and therefore one has to be careful about how to use them.

What is the Concern?

To best understand why there are limitations to text recycling, one has to understand the reason why it is restricted. Many unscrupulous authors have been scoring multiple publications by simply rehashing the same content over and over again. This was red-flagged in the academic community, as these publications go against the ethics of academic publication. They do not offer new value or insights on the subject; they are not pushing the boundary of knowledge; they are just done for the base intention of having more publication credits or citation.

How to reuse your own content?

However, there is a genuine case of reusing one’s own content for legitimate reasons and that too is well understood. To avoid the vice of multiple publications, there are some checks and balances suggested.

The context: The context of text recycling is the most defining factor. You may have done a certain publication says while reporting your own findings. Tomorrow, you are looking to develop a review article in which you want to posit your own findings with other publications. In this case, you may definitely refer to your previous content, but it needs to be edited to fit the present context. You cannot simply copy-paste from the previous publication as it does very little value added to the news article. Edit, paraphrase, and contextualize the previous content and you can avoid the pitfall of self-plagiarism.

Citation: Even if you are using your own content, you have to ensure proper referencing and citation as you would for any other literature review. Offer the content as something you have already published before and not as something you are offering now. You also need to develop a logical flow that justifies these citations, or else you may be found guilty of just recycling text to cover up for lack of original content for the new article.

Journal selection: Journal selection is critical for articles recycling text. If you are looking to publish a series of articles in a specific journal, then referring to previous publications via recycling text has a certain context. If you are submitting articles to various journals with recycling text, it may be red-flagged under self-plagiarism.

Remembers, reusing own content is not a crime; the crime lies in the dishonesty involved in the process.

How to get healthcare research papers published in journals

Publishing articles in journals is an integral part of one’s profession. However, many young professionals struggle with medical writing and publishing because of sheer inexperience. Here are some quick tips on how to crack it.

Choose your topic well: To publish research, you need to work on the most trending topics and select an important and novel research question. Schedule the timeline for the project and the resources required, budget, etc. before you embark on it. Your publication is an extension of your research project so the background research project has to be faultless.

Present at Conferences: Before publishing research articles, present your papers at conferences. This will add valuable inputs to your research project, and you will be updated on the recent discussions on this field. Initial paper submission in conferences also helps fine-tune the medical manuscript.

Journal selection: Choosing the right journal is a crucial factor. Everyone wants to publish in the most reputed journals, but young professionals need to build up to that level. Identify journals that are best suited for your study or your course of action. Identify journals based on your paper category, such as reviews, research reports, commentaries, etc.

Practice writing: Manuscript writing is an altogether different skill set. Research articles have certain syntax and formats for publishing, and medical writing has its own set of requirements. Offering readers an engaging and well-structured story will increase the chances of its acceptance. Follow a clear and logical narrative, highlight the novelty and significance of your study, and clarify the unmet clinical need or gap in the present discourse that your research project contributes.

Read journal articles to understand how successful authors approach medical writing. Practice drafting manuscripts and present them at conferences for feedback on how to improve them. Every journal has specific instructions on writing style for publishing. Read them well and follow those instructions.

Be prepared for rejections: Journal rejection is a hard reality for everyone. Studies suggest 62% of all published papers have been rejected at least once. You may need to submit your paper to multiple journals and take your paper through many revisions before it’s finally published. It is advisable to have back-up plans when you select the journals for publication. However, never share the same manuscript simultaneously to different journals. Every time you share it with a new journal, edit it as per the new journal’s requirements.

Conclusion: Getting a paper published in a journal is a tiring and challenging process. However, the effort is worth,  when you finally have a publication and get good reviews from your peers. It is a skill you will develop over time, and will help you in your professional life.

How to judge if the manuscript can be submitted to high ranked journal ?

Some of the criteria a manuscript needs to fulfill to qualify for a high ranked journal are:

• Originality
• Rigorous methodology
• Substantive conclusion
• High impact on the field of study


How does one figure out which journals to submit a paper to?

There are several parameters to consider while deciding the journal where you wish to send your paper for publications. The parameter include alignment of the subject of your work to the aims and scope of the journal, the word count, impact factor, readership, indexing, and publishing fees. One might also opt for journal selection services provided by the publication support agencies.