SPE Submission Policies

We encourage open and objective discussion of technical and professional subjects in our publications. The following guidelines will help you whether you're writing a paper proposal, a manuscript or a book.

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Plagiarism

We expect authors to credit all sources used in their writings and not to represent work of others as their own. We take plagiarism very seriously. Authors found to have plagiarized the work of another are subject to having their paper removed from the conference program and from OnePetro.  Future submissions from authors found to have plagiarized will be scrutinized carefully to avoid potential for subsequent plagiarism.  In the case of students found to be plagiarizing the work of others, SPE may inform the student’s university.

How to Avoid

  • You can avoid plagiarizing others by using appropriate citation.
  • Direct quotes should be indicated as such with the use of quotation marks, or for somewhat longer passages, indented as a block quote. However, in an original paper, direct quotation should be minimized. 
  • It is accepted practice that authors learn from and build on the work of others in their own work, but you should always use your own words to show that you understood the ideas.

Plagiarizing your Own Work

Just because you are the author doesn’t mean that you can repeat long sections of your prior work in a new work.  If you are writing a new paper, then the content should be new, not a repeat of what you wrote in a prior paper.  No one will be concerned about the verbatim reuse of a few sentences or even a full paragraph, but you should not repeat full sections of a prior work.  Just as you would summarize and cite the work of another author, you should summarize and cite your own prior work, then focus on what is new that led you to write the current paper. 

Help with the English Language

Several organizations offer services designed to improve the quality of English in papers submitted for peer review, but there is a charge for their services. SPE is not affiliated in any way with these organizations. Links to them are offered as a service only.