Increasing Professionalism Part 5: Encouraging Best Practice

5. So, I’d love for original work to be acknowledged! How I can spread this practice into my wider community, too?

It is amazing what we can do as a community, when we work together, to move towards living our values and “creating the world of our choosing”, to paraphrase Marshall Rosenberg (“Power We Have to Create the World of our Choosing (CD) | The Center for Nonviolent Communication,” n.d.). If you’d like for the wider community to take the babywearing profession seriously, supporting each other in acknowledging existing sources may be a significant step in this direction: i.e. by bringing the format of publicly accessible information on babywearing closer to the conventions expected by the wider community and the general public.

If you encounter anything (an article, photos, videos or podcasts) that you believe is plagiarism or derivative, there are a number of things you can do:

If you think that the author is not familiar with acknowledging the sources or referencing conventions, you can contact them and engage with them on the subject. You can email them this link (with citation and reference 🙂 ). . Many people find that, in similar cirsumstances, it helps to ask how it is to hear for the person they are contacting, or what they would like to happen instead of what they are seeing (Source: Marshall Rosenberg (“The Center for Nonviolent Communication | Center for Nonviolent Communication,” n.d.)).

If you are not feeling comfortable with the above, and would like to have more space between you and the other person, and, perhaps, a degree of confidentiality, you can report the derivative work via Plagiarism Checker .

You can report plagiarism to various search engines, as well as to the people who may be affected by it (“Content Authors: Report Plagiarism to Google or Yahoo. Students: Report Cheating to a Teacher,” n.d.). In case of babywearing work, you can report it to people who could provide the author with useful input and engage with them on the subject. This might be the author’s regulating bodies, associations they belong to, their accrediting bodies and training providers.

Do any of the above seem doable for you? If not, can you think of something else that you could do?

If you have found this article useful, feel free to link to it (and reference it as described above if appropriate 🙂 ). If you wish to discuss it somewhere online, please only quote a short section, and link back to the original piece here.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Olwen Rowe (Ph.D) and Dr Ian Appleby (Ph.D) for their support with editing this article and their expertise on what is considered original work, derivative work and plagiarism in academia. And my heartfelt thanks to Ulrike Hower of Trageschule Dresden for her feedback on the article!

If you’d like, you can consult the bibliography of sources I have cited in creating this article.

Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Bibliography