Copyright issue with writing an article for a student journal

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Karen5
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I am planning to submit an essay of mine for publication in a student-led journal run by the law society at my university.

I generally own the copyright in every essays I wrote, but I wonder if I will lost my copyright once the essay is submitted/accepted by the university law society. I understand that the student society is not a legal person, so I assume that they cannot own a copyright. Will the editor who review and edit my essay own the copyright?

Also, this journal will not go online but will be circulated among members. If I reuse part of my own essay in my coursework, will this be considered plagiarism? Or will this only be so if my essay somehow becomes available online and get caught by turnitin?
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If I reuse part of my own essay in my coursework, will this be considered plagiarism? Or will this only be so if my essay somehow becomes available online and get caught by turnitin?
I can't answer any of the copyright stuff, but the answer to this part is yes, that could be plagiarism. It would be an example of self-plagiarism, where you reuse your own work without making that clear.
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I am planning to submit an essay of mine for publication in a student-led journal run by the law society at my university.

I generally own the copyright in every essays I wrote, but I wonder if I will lost my copyright once the essay is submitted/accepted by the university law society. I understand that the student society is not a legal person, so I assume that they cannot own a copyright. Will the editor who review and edit my essay own the copyright?

Also, this journal will not go online but will be circulated among members. If I reuse part of my own essay in my coursework, will this be considered plagiarism? Or will this only be so if my essay somehow becomes available online and get caught by turnitin?
Hi Karen, congratulations on this achievement!

Publishing your work is a huge step towards building your career. Unfortunately, this would be considered self-plagiarism and Turnitin will identify it as such. I advice you to ask a professor or someone from the journal just to be sure. However, if you need any help developing more your essay so that it's not the same as the publication, we are more than happy to assist you.
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Publishing your work is a huge step towards building your career. Unfortunately, this would be considered self-plagiarism and Turnitin will identify it as such.
I thought Turnitin can only identify plagiarism if the original work is available online. If my article is never uploaded online but circulated as physical copies or via email, can Turnitin still identify it?
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