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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Whose responsibility to detect plagiarism during peer review: editor or referee?

Around a month ago, I was requested to review a paper submitted to a well-known APS journal. The main idea introduced in the paper was nice and the experimental implementation had fairly good results. ...
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How do I cite a mathematical definition replicated verbatim?

I am writing a paper, in which I must include a definition of a particular mathematical structure. It's a structure with which very few people would be familiar, thus I wish to include it verbatim, as ...
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When should you not report plagiarism?

It seems that most of the ethics and plagiarism questions follow the same basic archetype: Q: I think there's some plagiarism going on, and I don't really want to report it, but I think I should. ...
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Is it OK to use the content of my own paper which is not yet submitted, in my other paper?

I have finished writing one paper, but have not submitted it yet to a journal. I am working on a related but not identical subject, though many of the definitions and theorems are same (but they are ...
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What should I do when images in a publication appear to have been faked?

I just came across a paper published in a journal (IF < 2), which has used couple of images without mentioning the source. It would have been ok, but they seems to be from a commercial ...
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What to do when you publish a paper that accidentally included a wrong or irrelevant citation?

My paper was published and later on I found that two references were mistakenly included with the third reference, which is the correct. My phrase looks like this: I am worried about this (Smith ...
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Protecting my project from theft by panel I am submitting it to

I'm doing an (external) bachelor's degree in the field of computing and am in the second of my three years. The final requirement of this degree is a project, complete with development and a ...
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How to reduce student plagiarism?

During the last term, I recorded at least 50 cases of student plagiarism. The most common cases were students copying and pasting paragraphs verbatim from various Web sites, assembling them together, ...
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Same literature survey in first and final reports, Is it ok?

Is it considered bad to copy literature survey from 1st/initial report of the dissertation to the final report? Does it count as self plagiarism? Generally speaking one should include more recent ...
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Plagiarism-checker to prevent self-plagiarism

I am working on my PhD thesis and have to write a monograph based on my publications. To prevent that I plagiarize myself, I came up with the idea to automatically check my thesis against my ...
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Accused of Academic Dishonesty [duplicate]

I am accused of academic dishonesty for a final take-home exam. The exams and assignments have been allowed students to discuss with classmates. My professor said that my answers are similar to the ...
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Is GitHub adequate for purposes of giving a manuscript a timestamp to protect against plagiarism?

I wrote a paper that I want to put on my webpage, but that I don't want to publish anywhere. I think that I need a timestamp on it, in case someone decides to plagiarize it. Is GitHub adequate for ...
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Overlapping sentences in methodology descriptions in separate journal articles - plagiarism?

Disclaimer - I'm neither in favor of, nor endorsing plagiarism with the following question. I'm only hitting on the fact that sometimes, the interpretation of self-plagiarism can be quite stupid. ...
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What to do when a supervisor demands first authorship having contributed nothing? [duplicate]

I'm in this situation starting a new PHD and my supervisor has said to me that he believes that half of the papers I write should go to him as first author even if he contributes nothing. He claims ...
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Can I use text from my dissertation in a manuscript?

There has been general discussion of whether one can use a published work in their dissertation, with the consensus being 'of course'! The first two chapters of my thesis will be published works. I'm ...
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Is a copied acknowledgements section considered plagiarism?

A friend of mine has told me that his Master student (Chemistry) defended his thesis sometimes ago and everything went alright and he graduated. He recently realized that in the acknowledgements part ...
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I Plagiarised, what punishment can I expect?

I am a university student, doing a scientific bachelor study. I plagiarised multiple exercises from multiple homework sets for three different classes, all in all about 50% of all the homework for ...
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Re-using text from a grant proposal in a paper (or vice versa)

I have a grant proposal that I'm ready to submit, and I would like to re-use a significant amount of the text (on the order of 5-8 pages) in a paper that I intend to submit to a journal for ...
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Is it plagiarism to closely mimic the structure of a table in a publication?

If the title was not clear enough: I am writing a paper on a topic closely related to previous literature (but in a different study population). As such, the statistical analysis is very similar to ...
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How do selection committees ensure that they won't steal an applicant's ideas as presented in his/her research statement?

Academic job applications usually require the submission of a research statement, which describes not only the applicant's research experience, but also future direction of their work. As such, it may ...
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Is it problematic to use a Wikipedia article I wrote in my PhD thesis?

I'm working on a specific subject, and I thought that sharing my bibliographical and synthesis work from peer-reviewed journals on Wikipedia could be a good idea. Moreover, there is no Wikipedia entry ...
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How to preempt plagiarism accusations

In 2006, when I was still in grad school, I wrote a paper that went through the usual motions: I discussed it with my advisor, I presented it at a peer-reviewed conference, and then published it as a ...
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How to correct plagiarism in the past?

My situation is somewhat similar to this question, but I'm the plagiarizer. Six years ago I did my Master's degree by coursework at university X, and wrote the Master's thesis under supervision of ...
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Do I need to define all forms of cheating in the syllabus?

Every year, students seem to find new ways to "cheat" on the work. Every year, my course policies section grows longer and longer (a full page now) to match the newfound methods. I list all forms of ...
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I found out that I have plagiarism in my published journal papers, what should I do now?

I published some research papers in an ISI Journal during the past years. But due to the lack of precise knowledge of the correct referencing, and particularly due to attending an “unintentional ...
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I believe my classmates plan to hand in a plagiarized project, how should I handle this?

In my class, we have project groups of 4 or 5 students. This period has everything to do with game development. The project is to build a XNA game for children at primary school. Now, there is one ...
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Publishing a table that was published earlier in a different journal

I need to a include a table which contains the basic characteristics of study participants. However, in a related previous publication that dealt with a different hypothesis, the table was published. ...
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Research paper - translated plagiarism?

I'm writing a research paper in my native language, Serbian, on a specific electrical engineering and applied mathematics topic. Moreover, there are two published papers in English that hold much of ...
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Referencing assignments from past students

When working on an assignment (e.g. essay, report), is it allowable or ethical to reference (as in both "read" and "cite") previous students' submissions for that assignment? For example, the student ...
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Is it ethical/acceptable to give a lighter penalty to students who admit to cheating?

I am at the moment dealing with an academic dishonesty incident in a class I'm teaching (a few groups of students submitting identical code, when the class policy forbids getting help from another ...
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How to handle someone propositioning me to collude/cheat with them on an assignment?

I am doing my final year of undergraduate. Mostly I am working on my Honours project but I have a few units from earlier years that I am still doing as I did some out of order. Another student, ...
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Copy pasting sentences from abstracts of other papers for describing related work

This topic has already been described to some extent, e.g. here: Is verbatim copying text with citation considered plagiarism? But I do no think that it has been completely discussed, especially in ...
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Is verbatim copying text with citation considered plagiarism?

Is it plagiarism if I copy several paragraphs from another's source (let's say a CS paper) into my work and then footnote Source: ..., for example, as background information?
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Am I morally obliged to report what I judge as self-plagiarism?

I tried to search in the previous Q/As, but I do not think my case falls in any of the previous entries. While looking for a certain topic in my field, I found two papers. The first paper was ...
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Would it be considered cheating to ask for homework help on the internet, if I openly acknowledge the help received?

Say you have a homework assignment and you're struggling with it. You ask a question about some portion of it on a site like physics.stackexchange or math.SE or stackoverflow.com, etc. You then cite ...
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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 ...