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I'm writing the related work section of a paper and the survey paper X does such a wonderful work categorizing the existing approaches in the field, that I'm thinking on using the same categories in my paper (I have already cited the survey).

  • Is this consider plagiarism?
  • If so is the case, how can I use the same categories without incurring in plagiarism?
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If properly cited, I would not consider this plagiarism, but you should be very explicit in your citation that the categorization you use is specifically from paper X. I would be more concerned about reusing the categorization if you are going to essentially discuss the same works that the survey paper has already done; if so, you are probably better off citing that paper and only summarizing what is most applicable to your own paper rather than trying to recapitulate an already wonderful work.

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If you've already cited the article, I don't understand what the issue is. If necessary, adding a sentence like "I am using the same categories used by (reference) will avoid any issue of plagiarism. It appears the earlier responses to your question are in agreement.

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