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Warning: long post. There’s a TL;DR in the Summary at the end.
Is recycling Methods text from an old paper, to use in a new paper that applies the same techniques, efficient writing – or self-plagiarism?
We’ve all had the dilemma. You write two papers that use (at least some of) the same methods. For the first paper, you craft a lovely, succinct, clear explanation of those methods. For the second paper, you’d like to just cut-and-paste the Methods text from the first one. Can you? And should you? Continue reading