Editor's Note: In her forthcoming book, Stealing into Print: Fraud, Plagiarism, and Misconduct in Scientific Publishing, Marcel C. LaFollette, an associate research professor of science and technology policy at George Washington University, cites several challenges facing researchers whose professional lives depend to a great extent on the dissemination of their findings. For the near future, she points out, one major challenge will lie in "anticipating how advanced communications and information technologies may influence the commission, detection, and correction of... forgery, plagiarism, or deceptive authorship." Following is an excerpt from her book--to be published in the fall by the University of California Press--in which LaFollette examines several factors to be considered by scientists as they attempt to assess the impact of new technologies on their publishing endeavors.
Date: April 27, 1992

Some writers cling to their old manual typewriters; others couldn't imagine life without computers, E-mail, or fax; even the traditionalists,...

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