Are you wondering what you can do with something of your interest you have found in Potestas essendi? Maybe you have spotted some ideas worth to be shared, or some textual passages you would like to reuse somewhere else? Please, read carefully the following Q&A!

Q&A

Can I quote passages from articles, book chapters, and/or books you have authored and made available through Potestas essendi?

You can surely do that and I would appreciate it very much. Always remember to make reference to what you are quoting, though. Exact references are the Lonely Planet of academia.


Can I quote texts and passages from pages of Potestas essendi which are not part of published papers in my own webpage or share them through social media?

Yes, you can do that. But again, always remember to refer to the source. What a better world would it be if everyone referred to the used sources!


Can I quote texts and passages from pages of Potestas essendi which are not part of published papers in my own paper/article/chapter/book?

No, you cannot do that. If you really want to do that, you can write to me and we shall find a solution. If you want to refer to the website as such, there is no need to say that it is indeed feasible. Nevertheless, much content of Potestas essendi is hands-on research which I want to make accessible, but I would probably prefer not to disseminate it through scholarly publications yet (for a variety of reasons). Therefore, just write to me if you want to reuse any content in a scholarly paper you are writing.


Can I use material I have found in Potestas essendi without mentioning the source from which I have taken it?

No, you cannot. Indeed, that would be plagiarism—a terrible illness of academia. All multimedia material I have provided you with is protected by copyright and you cannot reuse it without my explicit permission beyond the limits established by law and described by this Q&A.


Can I use multimedia content from Potestas essendi for teaching purpose?

Yes, you can use almost anything in here if you think it can be helpful with teaching. Same rules in place: always refer to the origin of the material you are using.


Can I use content from Potestas essendi to write a research proposal, a blurb, an introduction to a conference I am organising, etc?

You can do that but… do you think that is a good idea? Academia is a small world (not in David Lodge’s sense, or not only in that sense). Much of the features, problems, and interpretations you are reading in this webpage have already been read by many other colleagues and much often they are specifically connected to my research. If you were to present a research proposal substantively dependant on what you have found here, it would be clear that you are not presenting something new. If you were to use contents from Potestas essendi to write a blurb or an introduction, it would be clear once you upload it that its origins are from this website (Google never misses one), so… why do that? It is not illegal, but perhaps it would not be the smartest move.


What happens if I do any of the things you have said I should not do? And why should I not do that?

EU regulations on matter of copyright are rather strict and you do not want to mess with the EU. Plagiarism is a legal offence which is usually punished harshly. Beside being ethically and deontologically reprehensible, plagiarism (in all its forms) is punished by a special kind of Eryns that usually damage substantively any academic career. Be careful, then! Never try the Eryns, you know what happens if you do so…


What if I had some doubts about any aspect of this Q&A?

Well, no need to even say that. You just have to write to me and everything will be clarified.