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Repetition Is Not Duplication

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Science  22 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5930, pp. 1006
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1006

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When the plagiarism database Déjà vu was found to be riddled with papers from the Cochrane Collaboration, whose specialty is publishing updated reviews of clinical research, the collaboration's CEO immediately wrote to Harold "Skip" Garner of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, who runs Déjà vu. Garner responded by creating a new category for the Cochrane papers: All 2879 are now listed as "sanctioned," a class of legitimate duplications. Some authors, however, concerned that the term "sanctioned" will be misconstrued as negative, would rather see the papers removed entirely—something Garner will not do.