Grendel's Lair : Integrity
Lair | Papers
| Credibility, plagiarism and honesty
grendel.org is well aware that online publication suffers from a lack
of verifiable credibility as well as the risk that material may be
easily plagiarized in a manner that is currently difficult to detect.
We have taken several measures for our "Papers" site to decrease
these risks and hence to make our resource more helpful. Our efforts
break down into efforts at credibility,
efforts against plagiarism, and clear
explanation of fair use of our material.
The ease of online publishing makes bad material easy to get to
and difficult to distinguish. At present, we neither have the
resources to create a full publication (with editorial board, etc.)
nor the focus in that direction, though we may go there soon. We
have, however, taken several steps:
- All submissions are read by the site maintainer, Scott
Price, and filtered as he may. This is a minimal "editorial
process", but it is not auto-submission. Pieces are not accepted
that do not have reasonable citation.
- Material is noted by original publication. "papers"
have been verified to have been submitted for an academic course
(with a passing grade) and the institution is listed in the paper
info. "Online Essays" were found on the web, and the author
has permitted re-publication. "Discussion topics" are links
to partiularly lucid comments on our discussion boards, and are
only minimally filtered.
- Easy access to the
editor through e-mail
links make commentary easy; commentary against particular
pieces will be considered and may result in the piece being
removed. At the least, arguments against pieces will be posted and
linked in the discussion boards.
- We are here providing links to pages on tips for verifying
credibility of online material:
So, can you cite this material?If we move toward a more formal
journal, then citation would be quite safe. However, at present, you
should ask the teacher/professor that you will give work to about
online material, verify it yourself, and be careful with proper
The danger that our site may become a "paper mill" is great. This
is unfortunately a part of being on the web at present. Effective
methods against plagiarism cannot aim at restricting access without
destroying their goal; instead, we need to focus on making the
academic community aware of how to verify originality. grendel.org
has taken several steps in this:
- As we have found them, we have announced our presence to
faculty with related work. The list is constantly growing as we
find new people and look at more related fields. If you or someone
you know would like more info about this site, either direct them
here or send us their
address with a note about their relevance.
- We seek to promote knowledge of services like that at
plagiarism.org, which are
developing methods of analyzing originality of electronic
documents, and to encourage professors to look into these
services. We do not endorse any single such service provider at
Our Copyright and Fair Use Clause
explains how to legitimately use material in this site. Authors with
work here have acknowledged these guidelines, and readers should look
them over to understand where we are coming from. We also have a
page on online citation.
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