TLDR: Can a researcher include an entire paragraph from another article for which they were a co-author on a new, single-author article?
Copy-editor for an academic journal here with an issue I've never come across before. We work with Chicago-style footnotes.
I have a solo-authored article by someone (let's call them Alex) that includes an entire paragraph from another article in which Alex was a co-author. I only found out that the entire paragraph was lifted from another article through my own background research. Giving Alex the benefit of the doubt, I asked how they would like to address this paragraph: Would they like to rewrite it? Cite the paragraph in a footnote? They would like to cite it in a footnote; however, I am now unsure of whether this is an appropriate fix given that it's an entire paragraph from another article in which Alex was listed as one of many authors, and for which Alex was not mentioned as one of the writers. I'm not sure what to do given that an entire paragraph seems like it's enough to warrant including all the other authors from the other article.
Here are the questions I'm wondering about that will help me determine what path to take with this article:
- Do I go ahead and cite the entire paragraph as a quotation? If so, do I need to tell Alex that they need permission from all other authors in the previous article?
- Do I tell Alex that they need to include all the other authors as co-authors on this paper if they want to include this paragraph?
- Should I just change my mind and say that, after reviewing best practices or consulting with others, Alex needs to rewrite the paragraph?