Plagiarism is the practice of taking credit for someone else’s work.

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Realised afterwards that I committed mild plagiarism in a paper I wrote as an undergraduate, what should I do?

A few years back, while still an undergraduate student, I wrote and submitted a paper to a (low-tier) journal. It was accepted and published. None of the professors in my college were familiar with ...
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Handling plagiarism as a TA

To give some background, I am a TA at UCLA for a lab class. They submit their assignments to TurnItIn, which you may know highlights any text pulled from another place. I made it clear that they are ...
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How can I prove that I didn't plagiarize?

This year I have decided to take a Computer Science course on FLVS, an online learning institution. Throughout the whole year, I worked well, and I had a lot of fun with the course. I was close to ...
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How can I find the original article of an often-plagiarised work?

I am currently trying to read an article on a particular topic. I really want to read and reference the proper original article, and attribute the work to the ones who deserve it; however, I'm finding ...
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How can I determine whether a student has written an excellent paper themselves, or hired someone else to do it?

In class, over the course of a semester, I tend to build up a mental model of individual students' communication abilities. For example, one student might seem more or less eloquent than another when ...
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Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?

I'm writing a Bachelor's Thesis. I found a seemingly convenient way of making my research paper successful, but I'm not sure if it counts as plagiarism. This is mainly concerned with the methods ...
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Plagiarism and the ArXiv (or other preprint servers)

First of all, this is about plagiarism in the sense of stealing ideas. Copy-and-paste plagiarism is inluded but not likely to happen in the cases relevant for this question. Considering the ...
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Does copying the book's figure for my dissertation fit the copyright?

I'm writing my dissertation and I have drawn a diagram explaining how a algorithm works. Recently, I've found an ebook, legally obtained, illustrating the same algorithm, but with more details and ...
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How to handle not being credited for research software development in papers?

I worked for a publicly funded body. Whilst there I designed and developed a number of epidemiological surveillance applications. I have left the organisation but since then I have noticed that some ...
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Plagiarizing problem sets and homework

I am a young student checking pupils homeworks. I've got a case - 2 pupils definetely cooperated when doing homework. Do you have tips to determine who actually solved it and who copied? Got some ...
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Can a new paper be published with only slight modifications to a published paper?

I have seen that some researchers in my field, that is Computer Science, do this: They publish a paper, for example titled "The use of the Fourier transform for problem X". The paper gets accepted. ...
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how to find whether this paper is already available or not, if authors just changed the Paper title & author name?

I am the editor. I received a paper from some author. I need to check whether that same paper is already published in some other journal or not. For example some authors downloaded a paper from some ...
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What to do when a journal publishes a paper plagiarizing one's work but doesn't care about it?

Recently I caught a paper which had plagiarized my paper. Several sentences had been copied from my article without citing my article. Some of the copied sentences had been shuffled, so the words were ...
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Obligation to tell journal of flaws in paper previously reviewed?

The blog Retraction Watch posted an interesting question the other day about reviewing the same paper twice, rejecting it both times, and then later finding out it was published in a different ...
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How to verify authenticity of submitted assignments

When teaching 250 students in the same subject, knowing each student can be quite difficult. In smaller classes, it may be possible to learn enough through classroom interaction that when assessing ...
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Is using an answer I posted online on Math.SE considered plagiarism?

To expand on the question, I recently (as in yesterday) posted a question on Math.SE and also wrote my answer in the post, claiming that my answer was wrong. One answerer pointed out that I was ...
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How should disallowed collaboration on a freshman homework set be handled by a TA?

I'm a TA for a freshman calculus class, and I've just finished grading the first homework set. It's fairly clear that there has been some collaboration going on, which is disallowed in my ...
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Self-Plagiarism in PhD thesis

I am a final year PhD in UK in a scientific discipline and I am writing my thesis. I have already published 2 journal papers and I have submitted 2 more papers for publications. My department does not ...
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Is it my responsibility to point out that a paper has been plagiarized from another researcher's blog?

While reading a series of blog posts on a sub-field in TCS (theoretical CS), I came across a paper recently published by a group of students/faculty that has literally copy-pasted large sections of a ...
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What are my duties regarding reporting plagiarism when reviewing a fellow graduate student's paper?

I am a PhD student, and have just finished the last part of my course requirement. My last assignment is to review several other student's term projects from a seminar course. One of the projects I ...
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How to respond to someone plagiarizing my work?

I have recently come across a paper that copy-pasted entire paragraphs of one of my papers which is already published in an international journal. This paper appeared in a journal which is not very ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy formulations from others?

As a non-native speaker of english, I often struggle with always finding new, well-sounding, non-repetitive descriptions for the same thing and I also, to be honest, find it a waste of time of always ...
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What to do with otherwise good international student who has accidentally plagiarised part of PhD thesis?

Here's a not so hypothetical situation. International student x is very talented but comes from a background where technical writing is not taught and understood. She writes a great thesis with a good ...
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Research Design Help: Measuring the effects of plagiarism intervention

(Background: I am a full-time EFL instructor at a university in S. Korea. I want to do independent research, as most faculty would not be interested to collaborate with someone who only has an MA.) ...
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Does it amount to plagiarism by supervisors?

I have been working on an idea for last 2 years almost independently along with other research works. Recently, I am getting encouraging results with a lot of success to solve a complex problem using ...
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How to determine similarity score of new manuscript against own yet-to-publish manuscripts?

Considering the ethical and professional implications of self plagiarism, it is very useful to check new manuscript against old ones (which are under review and not yet published) to decrease self ...
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Is it considered a self-plagiarism to reuse (published) abstracts for talks?

When writing an abstract for talks at conferences, workshops, etc., I often wonder if it would be considered a self-plagiarism if I copied a few sentences from a paper that is already published. ...
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What is the easiest way to check for plagiarism in student essay papers?

I've had to grade quite a few essay papers in the classes I've taught, and I've suspected some may have plagiarized but I never really pursued check on them because it would be too time consuming to ...
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How to encourage administration to handle plagiarism?

I obtained my PhD about five years ago and immediately took up a postdoctoral position at a national lab in Japan to continue my research in computer engineering. Over those five years I worked with ...
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Can I use images showing up in Google search for my presentations without violating any copyright?

I am teaching a freshman science course for the first time and I am doing also outreach activities in high schools. To be able to attract the young generation to science one has to connect the ...
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What to do with an accepted PhD thesis that extensively presents quotes as paraphrase?

While writing the literature review chapter of my doctoral dissertation I picked up a few recent dissertations on similar topics from the library to get some pointers on references and style. As I was ...
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How to deal with a student found seeking an answer to a coursework question online?

I have just found that a student has posted one of their assignment questions on a forum and is seeking help in getting a solution. I have a good idea who the student is, but no definitive proof. How ...
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reuse of text between publications (CS)

This probably depends on field, but in Computer Science it is common for people to publish similar material in workshops, then conferences, then journals. Each time it is acceptable to reuse some ...
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Transitive copying - plagiarism?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I need to explain some terms in the preliminaries section. I am copying the definitions from my co-authors previous paper. Afterwards, I want to include the ...
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My work was published and my name was nowhere to be found: how should I handle this?

I worked as a contract researcher with a university-affiliated institute. I ended up doing qualitative analysis and extensive writing for an academic paper. My former supervisor has basically edited ...
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Reproducing figures in blog/SE posts

Sometimes when I am writing a review blog post (or an answer on SE), it is convenient to include a figure from the original paper. Some journals (say PNAS) have policies that explicitly allow ...
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Isn't ghostwriting reverse-plagiarism?

Ghostwriting is when an author writes a work and attributes it to someone else. Isn't this reverse-plagiarism (someone taking credit for someone else's work, but with permission)? I'm not sure it ...
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How to protect against the theft of a paper?

A professor requested that I exchange my paper with another student, to get their suggestions. Every student in the course must exchange their papers in this way, before the teacher will look at it. I ...
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What to do if a referee plagiarises the result after rejecting a paper?

I find myself in an awkward situation. Nearly two years ago I submitted a paper to a reputable mathematics journal. After 15 months it was rejected with the rationale that there had been papers ...
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Is copying an image from a previous paper of mine considered self-plagiarism or unprofessional?

Last year, I wrote a paper and it got accepted and was presented at a conference. This year, I am writing a more in-depth paper about a similar subject; but since one of the figures in my first paper ...
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Can I use my blog posts for an academic publication?

It is not very clear in the publication guidelines of journals or conferences whether one can post some preliminary data or results online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.), gather feedback, and then ...
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Attitudes towards self-plagiarism

I am planning to write several papers exploring various aspects of the same scientific question. Each of these papers must have an introduction which motivates it and explains the relationship between ...
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How much overlap is permitted between a submitted journal article and a thesis?

I'm currently writing a journal article to be published, and the work from this article is basically the entire work of my Master's thesis. Clearly a thesis is usually more involved and fleshed out ...
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What references must be acknowledged in a paper?

This question came up from a discussion on meta.MSE. My question is: Do we need to search MSE (or blogs, math forums, ...) to make sure someone hasn't already proven a result when writing a ...
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Can I use the work in my journal/conference publications as chapters in my dissertation?

At my institution, I am required to publish four papers in addition to my PhD thesis. Of course my planned papers are related to my dissertation project, but I'm not sure if it could be considered ...
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Can I reuse part of a paper for my thesis?

I am finishing writing my master's thesis (~100 pages) and I also just submitted a paper (8 pages) to a conference. Since both are on the same subject and I am an author on both, is it ok if I reuse ...
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Who is responsible for detecting plagiarism in a PhD thesis?

Background I am asking this question in the context of the long running plagiarism scandal in Germany.The most prominent victim of the scandal of plagiarized doctoral dissertations by politicians was ...
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My research work stolen and published as his own by the co-author without my consent

My research paper was stolen by the co-author and published as his own. What do I do? All the data the paper is based on is my own work. I got it accepted in another journal but now I cannot get it ...
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How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?

I have recently discovered that several of my papers have been plagiarized in order to create one paper, and that this paper has been published at a conference. I informed the organizers of the ...