Derivative content is NOT allowed. EzineArticles uses a patented Content Associated Sequence Matching program called CASM to detect derivative material and remove it.
Here are some tips to avoid having an article flagged as derivative:
Derivative content is not 100% unique therefore it delivers no new value to readers because it is only providing rehashed information found in already written articles. Whether the original article belongs to the author or not, if the reader can find the exact same information elsewhere, the content is derivative. Focus on providing readers your unique expertise. How do you see things differently within your niche? Give readers a new perspective in each article.
If you look back over old articles for inspiration, DO NOT simply re-word or rearrange the content and submit it as a "new" article. Instead, respond to the information in the old article. Ask yourself: Does all of this information still apply? How have things changed? Give the reader something new.
It is your responsibility to track information provided in articles to ensure the tips and information are not repeated across multiple submissions.
Each article should discuss and explain a NEW idea, concept, or present a new refreshing angle, not rehash the same information already presented in prior articles. If you are searching for new information to offer readers, consider researching an area of your niche you are less familiar with and providing new insight, or dig deeper into areas of your niche you feel are commonly neglected by other experts.
Derivative Content be Gone