Plagiarism is the practice of taking credit for someone else’s work. Also included in this tag are questions on self-plagiarism, which involves redundant publication or reuse of one's own work in an unethical manner.

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Citing a verbatim copy of a table?

I found a table that exactly fits my needs but the technical nature of its contents makes paraphrasing very difficult, and in most cases impossible. How does one create a one-to-one copy of a table, ...
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How to handle student plagiarism appropriately?

I am nearing the end of teaching a course for first year students with a fellow student. We assigned a paper and 2 students have submitted almost identical papers. The policy is that if a student is ...
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Accusation of plagiarism by an anonymous letter

I am a professor in a public university and have been accused of plagiarism by an anonymous letter to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The anonymous letter framed two charges: It ...
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Somebody made comments and suggestions on my drafts – can I be reasonably accused of plagiarism?

I am a bachelor student. I have been working with a PhD on an article. So the article was supposed to be co-authored; however, he was mainly going to edit my draft so it can be published. This is, ...
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How to protect your unpublished ideas?

My advisor introduced a new student in my work saying that I am doing X,Y,Z and he will be doing A,B,C. He asked me to explain X and share all the data, results, reports, all related publications etc ...
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Are there any online community investigations of PhD thesis plagiarism outside Germany?

In Germany there is a wiki-like webpage that investigates PhD theses for plagiarism: http://de.vroniplag.wikia.com/ On this webpage PhD theses that are suspected of plagiarism are investigated by an ...
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What action is appropriate when co-authors admit that the first author committed plagiarism?

I'm the executive editor of a PubMed-indexed journal. Last year The journal published a paper with four authors in the byline. Today I received an e-mail from the first author admitting that she ...
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Is copying a sentence considered plagiarism? [duplicate]

In writing a phd thesis, if a sentence is copied as it is and given proper references, then will it be considered as plagiarism?
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Expulsion from doctoral program

I was recently expelled from doctoral program in English for plagiarism in qualifying exam. Although it was for the lack of a citation, I attended a major research university with a zero tolerance ...
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Is it better to give reference when I use the same sentence which state a fact or I must paraphrase it? [duplicate]

I am new to the concept of plagiarism and also how to give reference in an article. As my English is not very well, I may use some sentences borrowed from other papers. But they may just define a term ...
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How should I credit a plagiarized paper in open source code?

Background: In order to form a body of work to show to prospective employers, I am implementing a genetic solver for the weighted maximum independent set problem. The code will be available on github ...
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Can authors from certain origins really not know about the gravity of plagiarism?

With respect to some cultures, in particular Asian ones, one often hears statements such as the following: In this country, copying is regarded as flattery and thus people do not know the evils of ...
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Should a paper be reviewed if the introduction contains plagiarized passages?

I'm very new to being a peer reviewer. I agreed to anonymously review a paper for publication, and while reading it for the first time, I was a little annoyed by the writing style. It sort of reminded ...
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How to reconcile with an old mentor after (unintentional) plagiarism accusations

The question is not about plagiarism, it is about its aftermath. I am presenting the whole situstion. Three years back, in my undergraduate years (summer after sophomore, to be precise), I did my ...
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Open Source Software and Reproducibility in Computer Science

As a PhD researcher in computer science, my scientific results often take the form of algorithms, which in turn come with implementations. I am convinced that releasing these implementations under an ...
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What else can I do if a journal editor ignores my report of plagiarism?

I am now drafting a complaint letter to the editor-in-chief of a technical journal, against an act of plagiarism committed by a famous researcher in my field. This researcher is apparently aware of my ...
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What is the effect on a supervisor if a graduate student has been found to have plagiarised?

In a well voted comment in a question about responsibility to detect plagiarism it notes that it rests with the author. This well voted answer on a now on-hold question about removing plagiarized ...
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Plagiarism in acknowledgements?

Subsequent publications rely on the exact same set of funding agencies. In total, that is an alphabet soup containing no less than 35 acronyms. I'm using the exact same paragraph in the ...
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Can I still submit my work to a journal if a very similar paper was just posted on arXiv?

I am from an engineering field (EE, specifically signal processing), and I have been working on a paper since March 2014. Back then, I spent a significant amount of time reviewing the literature and ...
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I need to remove all of the plagarized parts to my thesis [closed]

I am writing my thesis. How do I get rid of plagiarized parts? How do I make sure that all my references are correct?
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How should I handle reviewing a paper that is very similar to something I am working on?

I was sent a paper to review recently. I decided to review the paper and saw that part of the paper is on a very similar method that I have been working on recently. Not the wording, of course, but ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when adapting dissertation into a paper?

I have recently completed a dissertation and have been encouraged to publish the work. My dilemma is that I find it quite difficult (and painfully tedious) to rewrite the same thing couched in new ...
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Will this be a case of self plagiarism or will it annoy the referee?

About 2 months ago, I uploaded a fairly long paper (P1) to arXiv and it is currently under review. Now, I am writing a second paper (P2) on a somewhat different topic. But quite unexpectedly, it ...
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How do I deal with Academic dishonesty when the university does not have an Academic Policy?

I am a junior student at a private engineering college. The amount of dishonesty I have seen in the last 3 years is tremendous. There has not been a single assignment which hasn't been plagiarized ...
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Plagiarism of a co-author?

I am PhD student. My PhD advisor wrote a research paper literally copy pasting several paragraphs from a already published paper, which was written by me as main author and he is just second author. ...
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Do I need to check references of the paper with cross checking softwares?

I've finished writing a paper with 2 co-authors. As everyone participated in the writing, I thought there might be some ( maybe unexpected) plagiarism in the paper. So I checked the paper with Cross ...
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Is it plagiarism/OK if I use big parts of someones literature review for the introduction section of my paper?

The questions says it all. I have an report I want to write. The level expected is slightly lower than that of a master thesis. I do need to write an introduction to the topic and there is a very ...
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Using Others Work - To What Level Is It Okay? [closed]

From September I will be starting my final year project at a UK university. I will be developing some software. However the software I wish to create has multiple "modules" to it. Approximately 16 ...
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Using a source and being unable to cite it

I am writing my thesis, and during my work, my advisor supplied me with some confidential documents that he still has from his previous work. Part of my work is based on these documents and I am ...
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Is reusing part of an internship report self-plagiarism?

My university has a very strict policy on plagiarism (I presume as do all universities). As an assignment I must write a report of my internship, but since it is my second internship I have already ...
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Plagiarism and academic dishonesty [closed]

Yesterday I was accused of plagiarism by my professor. who earlier in the week I had called him out for one of his policies being against the school policy. I feel like now I'm experiencing some ...
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How to avoid plagiarism when you come up with an argument for a class paper and later discover that another author has the same argument?

I am a graduate student in English working on my final paper for a class. I was assigned a particular author to write on, but about halfway through the semester another student wanted to write on that ...
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What to do if the data in a paper you are reviewing is copied from another paper of the same authors which is supposed to be a different device?

I got a paper to review and the authors of this paper already published a conference proceedings on the same topic but supposedly a different device. When comparing the figures of the conference ...
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Another student used my completed work, what should I do? [closed]

I took a class a year ago, another student currently taking the same class had asked about my assignments to guide her in her work. I explained to her how intense the class is and sent her a copy of ...
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How to use data from a colleague who retired in my thesis without commiting fraud or plagiarism

A colleague of mine who worked on the same project retired one year ago. I would like to use some of the data he measured and reproduce some of his figures. He gathered the data while performing a ...
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Is it plagiarism to reuse your own full-text material from a previous conference in a new conference?

I am a reviewer at a conference. An author submitted a paper, and I searched the author's previous papers. I found they have one paper with a very similar title accepted to a conference in 2012. I ...
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Should I drop my paper after finding a recent very similar paper?

I have been working on a research paper to apply a technique X to solve certain problem Y. The field is in computer science. Approximately some months ago I started to check it up if there was ...
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If using it to debate points can I create a local copy of a web page? [closed]

In a day and age when 'web pages' can be updated or even removed at a whim my question involves debate over entire pages. If I am developing rebuttal arguments for an online debate over contents of ...
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Is it okay to incorporate a block of citations from a review paper into my own paper?

I'm currently writing a paper on a certain topic for which a review article was recently published. Of course, I want to contrast my new approach to existing techniques. For that purpose, I have ...
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Do I have the legal right to demand information on plagiarism of my work from another university?

A student of a German institute has translated my Russian thesis word by word to English and submitted it as her own work in 2014. I informed the university providing them with my work in Russian and ...
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Should I quote Wikipedia if I can't rephrase it?

I want to write down this idea that I get from Wikipedia: both (James Watson and Francis Crick) thanked the Schroedinger's book for their inspiration. (More specifically, that page is What Is Life?, ...
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Is copying equations plagiarism?

I defended my master thesis successfully yesterday. Everything in my master thesis was written by me and there is no problem. However I'm a bit skeptical about one thing. So in my thesis I have a part ...
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In a PhD dissertation, can one copy the structure of the acknowledgment section from their own or from someone else's prior work?

In the acknowledge of a thesis, we thank all the people who helped our research. E.g. "First of all I thank xxx, for xxx throughout my Ph.D. period." For my master thesis's acknowledge, I tried very ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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How do we prevent a professor from releasing our class project as his own research?

I don't want to release too many details in this inquiry, but I do have a very legitimate question to ask. My senior class (aerospace engineering) has been hard at work for nearly nine months reverse ...
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How to prove/deal with plagiarism that is hidden behind bad synonyms?

I have had more than one undergraduate student who I have very strongly suspected of routine plagiarism that I cannot prove. There is a certain style of writing that is just inexplicable except as an ...
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Plagiarism detection software – comparing two long documents [duplicate]

I would like to find out whether one of two long documents plagiarises the other. I’m looking for software or a website that does this but does not store the documents on the server (i.e., the ...
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Is it plagiarism to use another person's unpublished thesis?

Consider a research work that is present in another person's thesis, submitted two years before at the university, but not published online anywhere. Can someone extend that work and submit it to a ...
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Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin?

Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin by quality standard of rigour? Turnitin features that even somebody plagiarize the context of a passage by use synonyms or simply ...
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Source code plagiarism detection tool that checks against online content

I asked this question on Stackoverflow and was directed to ask it here. The question is: I wanted to ask about plagiarism detection tools for source code written in C++. When I searched Google the ...