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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Editorial and Book Reviews
Author(s): H. J. Caulfield

Paper Abstract

I recently corresponded with an author on the topic of originality. Optical Engineering seeks to publish "original papers." Over 90% of the paper submitted to us was taken verbatim from a prior paper by the same author (a discovery by a referee that was not volunteered by the author). The author says he thought he had exceeded some threshold of originality. This raises, in a somewhat exaggerated manner, a more general question of what constitutes your editor's definition of an original paper. Unfortunately, I can offer no clear definition. Thus I must ramble through some special cases hoping that my readers can sense the pattern and spirit of my decisions on this matter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1982
PDF: 2 pages
Opt. Eng. 21(5) 215957 doi: 10.1117/12.7972984
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 21, Issue 5
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H. J. Caulfield, Editor (United States)

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