Article theft and authorship certification

From: Franck Ramus <f.ramus_at_UCL.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 11:12:26 +0100

dear all,
many authors are still reluctant to put their papers on online archives, and the most common reason they put forward is the fear that their work be stolen and published by someone else. I know that Stevan has done a lot in this forum and elsewhere to dismiss these fears, yet more seems to be needed to convince everybody.
Could archives be used as a certification that i have uploaded an article at a certain date? obviously, cogprints does provide such information. if someone were to steal my work and publish it in his own name, I could always appeal to the editor of the journal and "prove" that the same content was archived on cogprints before the plagia was submitted. would that work? would archive owners be willing to cooperate on such matters? or does the date (or identity) appearing on cogprints have no formal/legal value whatsoever?
best regards,

Franck Ramus
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
17 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AR
tel: (+44) 20 7679 1168
fax: (+44) 20 7813 2835

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