Is publishing the same paper in different languages duplication?
Question received from a Editage client If a paper is published in Japanese, can the same “ paper be published in an English journal? Is Publishing the same journal paper in different languages duplicate publication. What’s the view “ globally?
Introduction Duplicate publication is a grey area that not all authors or even journal editors are very clear about.
While in most cases, duplicate publication is considered a form of academic fraud, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) uses the term “secondary publication” to describe acceptable republication of manuscripts that have already been published.
These include rare cases in which an article needs to reach the widest possible audience, through republication either in another journal or in another language.
Conditions to be met for duplicate publication Necessary Time approvals Interval Due Target Acknowle- Audience dgment
1. Necessary approvals The authors must receive formal approval from the editors of both journals.
The journal editor responsible for the secondary publication must have a copy of the primary published version.
2. Time Interval There should be an interval of at least one week between publications.
3. Target Audience The secondary publication should be clearly intended for a different group of readers.
It should also faithfully reflect the data and interpretations discussed in the primary version.
4. Due Acknowledgment In the secondary publication, the title should indicate that the paper has been published before.
The footnote on the title page should provide a reference for the primary publication.
Concluding remarks Reproducing a paper that was previously published in another language would be considered duplication, unless all the above conditions are met.
The most important thing is that the editors of both journals are informed of the circumstances and agree to the republication.