Publisher’s recycling of theory textbook leads to fears of ‘Wikipediaisation’

UK“Academics have warned of the ‘Wikipediaisation’ of scholarship following allegations of plagiarism and an ethos of ‘quantity over quality’ in US academic publishing. The controversy stems from the publication of a textbook by Routledge that drew heavily on material from one of its earlier guides. The first text, Theory for Religious Studies, was published in 2004, when the authors signed a contract giving Routledge the right to use the material however it wanted in return for credit and royalties. However, when the authors – William E. Deal and Timothy K. Beal, professors of religious studies at Case Western Reserve University – spotted that much of a later book, Theory for Performance Studies (2007), was identical to their own, they complained to the publisher …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 2 July]

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