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PLOS Guidelines for Comments, Blog Posts, and Other Content
- Don’t plagiarize
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- Don’t use third-party content without permission
- If you do have permission to use third-party content, give proper attribution*
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* Proper attribution includes listing the author or creator of the content, the title or other name of the content, a link to the content, and a statement of the license under which the content was made available (if any).
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