Guidelines to putting previously published materials on ER-C

In principle, ER-Central.com will accept pre-published content if

  • permissions have been obtained (please note them in the attribution area in the Text Creation Editor), or
  • it is within the bounds of ‘educational use’, or
  • it has been substantially modified.

Please note that ER-Central is only hosting your text and will not hold copyright over any text you put up, so you are responsible to make sure you comply with various regulations regarding copyright. Below are some guidelines for which texts ER-Central suggest to can and cannot submit. If you are unsure please contact    editors@ER-Central.com.

Acceptable

Completely original – i.e. completely and originally written by you without citations or quotations.

Mostly original – written by you but includes a few short passages or quotes or citations from a source  e.g. On May 12th 2013, a BBC online article said “……….”. Notes about the original source are put in the attribution area including the reference and a link if available.

Heavily cited –  i.e. the main body of the text is written by you but the text does not retain the same basic structure or narrative. It may contain passages (some 2 or more sentences) from a source cited in quotation marks.   Notes about the original source are put in the attribution area including a link if available.

Out of Copyright material – any material which is out of copyright. Notes about the original source are put in the attribution area including the reference and a link if available.

Borderline

Lightly borrowed – i.e. texts containing information copied from another source, but without  retaining the same basic structure or narrative. Quoted and cited passages are acceptable provided they re not too long and too frequent.  Any borrowed passages must be heavily edited from the original (a few minor word choice changes isn’t acceptable) and some deleted sentences. Notes about the original source are put in the attribution area including a link if available.

Not Acceptable

Verbatim copying – from another source whether hardcopy, print or digital, especially without attribution

Heavily borrowed – i.e. copyrighted texts which are mostly copied from another source, retaining the same basic structure or narrative, but with minor changes to word choice, and even with some deleted sentences even if attribution notes are given.

ER-Central reserves the right to scan the text for plagiarism using CopyScape or suchlike.