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Usually, a duplicate publication or a redundant publication refers to a common editorial problem that involves the publication of intellectual materials more than once, in the same journal or in different journals. This has nothing to do with plagiarism or copyright violation.
Specific problems related to duplicate publication of written material:
Duplicate submission: most journals will not consider texts that are being considered by other publications at the same time. The main reason is that unknowingly, both publications may publish the same text. However, editors or authors may decide to submit certain texts to multiple journals if they consider the text to be in the public interest.
Redundant publication of articles: when a journal publishes an article that overlaps substantially with another material published by another journal in printed or digital form. Unless there is a clear statement that the editor intentionally decides to republish a written material, the readers deserve to know and trust that what they read is original and unique. Therefore, when submitting a paper, article or other material to an editor, the author must make a complete statement about all previous submissions if there are any.
Acceptable secondary text/article publication
There are certain types of materials that may or should be published again in order to reach the widest possible audience. For example, the guidelines published by governmental agencies. However, the authors must acquire approval from editors of the journals to which they submit their texts.