Good Morning all the following is a response to a writer who left a message in my in-box. She sent the letter after getting a few of her articles were refused publication by Triond for duplicate content and for using profanity in some of her articles. With this in-mind I thought I would write a short article giving a little bit of advice on how to avoid this.
Most of us at one time have had one of our articles returned to us for revision, although at first this can be slightly irritating most times it is for a good reason. With so many articles out there in Internet space it can be very easy to publish an article and then find out that there is one very similar out there. A while back I published an article on the Kings Shilling, written in my own words an article telling the story of the Press Gangs in England during the last century, roaming the country forcing young men into the Royal Navy. Quite proud of the article I was a bit shocked when it was returned because of duplicate content. It was only when I Googled it I found that there were a great many articles on-line all titled “The Kings Shilling” and after reading some of them I was amazed to find out that they were all very similar. It became apparent that there was really only one way you could write this story, in other words Triond was justified in declining the article. Once this was understood I went back to the article re-edited and changed the title slightly and re-submitted it was approved immediately. Since then I always Google a title of an article before submitting and this seems to help.
There are times when writing an article you do require to copy certain information (especially scientific) This is completely acceptable as long as you give credit to the organization you are using, not just at the end but within the actual body of the article. You can of-course send them an email requesting written authorization. When you have your authorization it is also wise to include this in you article by writing in italics. Example below.
My thanks to Wikipedia for the information below.
“ The cat sat on the mat and he had a great looking Hat.”
The above procedure will insure you are not viewed as committing plagiarism. Also always remember if you have read one of your fellow writers articles and some of the information in it applies to your own article, send him or her a message asking them permission to include a small piece of it within your own article. If you get there written OK make sure they give full credit as shown above.
Another way you can hit problems is if you see, or hear a specific headline on the National News and use it word for word. You have to write around this headline and you also have to do the same for the actual body of the story making it into your own words (your own story). Once again you should give credit to your actual source at the end of the article or within the body.
Always use the Triond online spell checker, this is important as your article will be declined if there are to many spelling mistakes in it. Some of your articles will have words in it that the spell checker does not have within its library, so will see these words as spelling mistakes. Just use the spell checker and add the words it does not have into the dictionary. You will be helping other writers.
This is a simple one “Profanity” in any form does not belong in poetry or articles. If you cannot describe yourself without using Profanity then don’t write the article.
I hope this helps the young Lady who sent me the message and I am sure others from the wonderful community of Triond has other ways to safeguard there articles. Happy Writing