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Correcting the Scholarly Record for Research Integrity

In the Aftermath of Plagiarism

  • The first book-length study on post-publication responses to academic plagiarism

  • Demonstrates that all members of the research community have indispensable roles for rectifying the harms of academic plagiarism

  • Proposes new interventions for maintaining the integrity of the published literature

  • Critically evaluates a range of published corrections of the scholarly record


Part of the Research Ethics Forum book series (REFF, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. M. V. Dougherty
    Pages 1-17
  3. M. V. Dougherty
    Pages 19-57
  4. M. V. Dougherty
    Pages 59-89
  5. M. V. Dougherty
    Pages 117-151
  6. M. V. Dougherty
    Pages 221-242
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-248

About this book


This volume is the first book-length study on post-publication responses to academic plagiarism in humanities disciplines. It demonstrates that the correction of the scholarly literature for plagiarism is not a task for editors and publishers alone; each member of the research community has an indispensable role in maintaining the integrity of the published literature in the aftermath of plagiarism. If untreated, academic plagiarism damages the integrity of the scholarly record, corrupts the surrounding academic enterprise, and creates inefficiencies across all levels of knowledge production. By providing case studies from the field of philosophy and related disciplines, the volume exhibits that current post-publication responses to academic plagiarism are insufficient. It catalogues how humanities disciplines fall short in comparison with the natural and biomedical sciences for ensuring the integrity of the body of published research. This volume provides clarity about how to conceptualize the scholarly record, surveys the traditional methods for correcting it, and argues for new interventions to improve the reliability of the body of published research. The book is valuable not only to those in the field of philosophy and other humanities disciplines, but also to those interested in research ethics, meta-science, and the sociology of research.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOhio Dominican UniversityColumbusUSA

About the authors

M. V. Dougherty is the Sr. Ruth Caspar Chair in Philosophy at Ohio Dominican University (USA). He is author of Moral Dilemmas in Medieval Thought: From Gratian to Aquinas (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has edited Aquinas’s ‘Disputed Questions on Evil’: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Pico della Mirandola: New Essays (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has authored and co-authored articles on academic plagiarism, and his research interests include the history of ethics and research ethics. Since 2009, he has been involved in securing dozens of retractions, errata, and corrigenda for published articles in the discipline of philosophy and in related fields. His work in generating corrections for academic plagiarism and other authorship violations has been featured on Retraction Watch and on other academic news outlets.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Correcting the Scholarly Record for Research Integrity
  • Book Subtitle In the Aftermath of Plagiarism
  • Authors M. V. Dougherty
  • Series Title Research Ethics Forum
  • Series Abbreviated Title Research Ethics Forum
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-99434-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-99435-2
  • Series ISSN 2212-9529
  • Series E-ISSN 2212-9537
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Research Ethics
    Research Skills
    Printing and Publishing
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Dr. Michael Dougherty’s recently published book provides useful frameworks for thinking about correcting the scholarly record once plagiarism has occurred. … The focus on correcting the scholarly record from the perspective of an experienced whistleblower makes Dougherty’s book particularly insightful and useful. … I applaud Dougherty for this informative and courageous book.” (Mark Fox, Publishing Research Quarterly, Vol. 35, 2019)

“This is a work of illuminating insights, historical depth, and moral clarity in the pursuit of correcting the record of scholarly research from plagiarism. … This volume will stand up as one of the seminal works on plagiarism in the scholarship of academic research in the humanities … .” (Sheldon Krimsky, Accountability in Research, February, 10, 2019)​

“Correcting the Scholarly Record for Research Integrity is both a major contribution to publication ethics in general, and at the same time a path-breaking study of the ethics of philosophy publishing. It should be an obligatory item on reading lists for graduate students in philosophy.” (Sven Ove Hansson, Theoria, Vol. 85 (2), 2019)