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Author on Call

The function of the “Author on Call” blog is to allow our readers and authors to interact with each other in a unique way. A few select authors will be chosen to share on the blog aspects of their papers that were especially meaningful to them personally or points that may not have made it into their published report. Readers will then have the opportunity to provide comments and questions, to which the authors will respond.

At times, as seen in our first entry, we will also post separate entries to the blog on various special topics that we feel would be informational or that we welcome your feedback on.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Similarity coefficients - how high is too high?

Each manuscript submitted to CANCER NURSING: An International Journal of Cancer Care is immediately and automatically processed by a software program that yields similarity coefficients with previously published works. High similarity coefficients result in a letter from the editor noting this similarity to the authors and an invitation to address the similarity results and to then resubmit the manuscript to the journal. Higher coefficients are anticipated for systematic/literature reviews.  We have had manuscripts with coefficients of concern of up to 100%. Some authors who are publishing multiple papers from the same data set find the request to review and possibly reword their submitted work for language that could be duplicative of or highly similar to their previously published works to be unnecessary or even offensive.

What are your thoughts about the use of this kind of software? What are your recommendations for an efficient use of authors’ time in addressing similarity coefficients?