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What's so precious about originality

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39245.425880.59 (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1251
  1. Simon Chapman, professor of public health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
  1. sc{at}med.usyd.edu.au

    Research aside, the efforts contributors to medical and science journals are forced to go to to avoid self plagiarism are just a waste of time, writes Simon Chapman

    The ethics of banning smoking outdoors (I am opposed) is something that I have written on several times, most recently at length in a forthcoming book (Public Health Advocacy and Tobacco Control: Making Smoking History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007).

    This issue has got up some worrying momentum lately and so I find myself being asked to increasingly speak and …

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