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I used a solution that I happened to already have on my laptop on an exam. Did I cheat?

I would say no, unless this was explicitly prohibited beforehand. Look, what's the purpose of a test? To gauge the extent to which one has comprehended the material. The fact that you did the work ...
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Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

If I understand your description, there is no finding of academic misconduct against you. You have co-authorship of a retracted article, where the problem appears to have been caused by the ...
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Why are journals telling me that my article is plagiarized even though I wrote it by myself?

Chances are the journal ran your paper through an automated plagiarism checker (the only realistic way to check for plagiarism these days) and this 70% number is what the program found. That you found ...
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

Most publishers I know explicitly permit (pre)publication of papers as part of a thesis. For example the copyright policy of Elsevier (the publisher you used as a tag) states: Authors can use their ...
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I used a solution that I happened to already have on my laptop on an exam. Did I cheat?

In general, the rules and norms of a test - what is expected, what sources can be evaluated, if any, etc - should be known before the test is taken. This usually takes the form of a syllabus or verbal ...
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How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis

This answer does not respond to subsequent edits to the question. If you submitted a thesis with plagiarism, the typical consequence would be expulsion. You would not get a degree. The good news is ...
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I unintentionally self-plagiarized in my graduate courses last semester and just realized, what should I do?

First and foremost, please stop panicking. Second, you have no reason for questioning your ethics, because you were not aware of the rules. There exist things that are obviously gross -- like forging ...
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Can I hand in an essay which I have written last year, but not as part of a course?

Could I just hand in this essay, or would I violate some rules with that? If you wrote it as a personal exercise and it was never submitted to any course (i.e. never read), I can't see how anyone ...
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Journal rejected my paper because contents of paper are in PhD thesis

Email the editor, explain that their automated plagiarism detection system has seemingly gone awry, inadvertently flagging your PhD thesis.
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Can I copy the literature review section of my previous manuscript to a new manuscript?

A literature review needs to place a work in the context of other relevant works. Your second manuscript is not in the same context as the first, because the first now exists, and is highly relevant. ...
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Collaborator has shared a draft paper with a significant amount of self-plagiarism. Should I say something?

You do not need to make a fuss, or mention "plagiarism". All you need to do is to recommend adding a reference to the copied paper for each paragraph in question. That is a legitimate review comment, ...
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Is it normal to "extract a paper" from a master thesis?

It is plagiarism only if you do not properly cite it. If you have not published the thesis itself, of course you can publish parts of it or summaries of it or even the whole thing unchanged. The ...
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Is this self-plagiarism?

It's never plagiarism (although it might still be copyright infringement) if you tell the truth about what you're doing. So, if you're worried, in the second paper, say something like "the ...
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Can one article be published in two different language journals?

As I suggested in the comments: Regardless of whether or not this is an ethical thing to do, self-plagiarism only exists if you do not state that you have published this before. If the local journal ...
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When submitting a paper to a journal, what is considered an original figure?

Self-plagiarism is reuse of material without appropriate attribution. It is entirely ethical to reuse a figure from a prior paper as long as you attribute the content of the figure. I have found the ...
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How to deal with a guilty feeling after graduating with very high grades as MA student?

It is not inherently unethical to "recycle" previous coursework. It is only unethical to do so without the current professor's knowledge. Professors may determine, based on their own teaching ...
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Is submitting two papers with identical introduction and methods considered plagiarism?

If we were to submit this to two different journals, is it plagiarism? Reusing text from another paper (even a closely related paper) without explicitly saying so would generally be considered self-...
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Is it normal to "extract a paper" from a master thesis?

It's totally accepted to publish journal articles based on thesis chapters. For one thing, MS theses are not well abstracted or searchable. Even with Ph.D. theses, they are rarely looked at. ...
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Collaborator has shared a draft paper with a significant amount of self-plagiarism. Should I say something?

I would say something like, “I’ve noticed some reviewers/journals reacting negatively to using text from previous work verbatim. Here, I have suggested a rewrite and citation to address that potential ...
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Re-using a paper from one class for another?

Almost invariably, the answer to "Is it OK to submit X for a class assignment?" is "Ask the instructor.". You do need to ask yourself whether your objective for the geochemistry class is to get a ...
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Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

I think you are in a tough place, but it also seems like nothing you did caused the problem. It is all on your prof. Hopefully you will be able to explain that and the only effect is that you will ...
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I unintentionally self-plagiarized in my graduate courses last semester and just realized, what should I do?

Nothing. If there are two assignments that are similar to the extent that the same text can satisfy both and that text is your own work, then all you need to do to get completely clear of any ...
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I unintentionally self-plagiarized in my graduate courses last semester and just realized, what should I do?

I mostly agree with Michael_1812's answer: This is relatively low on the scale of seriousness of academic misconduct, and you weren't aware of the rule, which mitigates somewhat. However, you are now ...
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Is submitting two papers with identical introduction and methods considered plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the use of others' ideas or distinctive language without sufficient attribution. Your question is about the amount of allowed duplication in your own work. That should (I think) not be ...
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How can I cite a previously given, unavailable talk without self-plagiarism

I think the right action hinges on this point: It is outside the scope of the current paper paper to present those ideas as a new thing, but it would be something that would be appropriate to ...
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Is re-using an idea from a research proposal considered as self-plagiarism?

Is re-using an idea from a research proposal considered as self-plagiarism? No: You can re-use ideas from research proposals which you haven't executed upon, i.e., ideas that you haven't advanced (e....
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I used a solution that I happened to already have on my laptop on an exam. Did I cheat?

One important distinction here is that when writing software, it isn't the actual writing that's the time consuming part, it's the thinking and verifying that your solution does what it's supposed to. ...
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Paper was rejected for high similarity with parts of my own dissertation

Find a better journal. A large portion of papers published in journals were previously published in dissertations. A competent editor would have checked to see if the similar document was your ...
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