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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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What should I do if someone published my old reserarch result without mentioning my name?

Recently, I realized someone, who was my friend in the past, published my research results related to an old project without mentioning my name. I'm wondering how he accessed to my results and why he ...
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Responding to papers which reinvent ideas without citing them

A few months ago a very well-known (and controversial) authority in my field published a theoretical model of a phenomenon that one of my collaborators addressed many years ago. Interestingly, the ...
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Is Self-plagiarism allowed in two submitted articles by one author?

Is it allowed that someone use the same paragraph in two submitted articles for two different journals? Note: both of these articles are unpublished still so it's not possible to cite one in another ...
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How can I tell if software solutions to my labs are posted online?

I just had a student inform me that software solutions to my labs (I teach a course in microcontrollers using the ATmega328P) is available on Chegg. She was uncomfortable giving me any further details....
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Is it plagiarism to submit the same work in a course after withdrawing from the course on a previous occasion?

I took a course a couple years ago and was doing well until I could not attend any longer and abruptly had to stop. I am currently retaking the course and wanted to hand in the work I submitted years ...
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Students plagiarising assignments: What level is worth the effort of pursuing?

As a tutor marking assignments, I regularly come across cases of plagiarism. As someone who put a lot of effort into my coursework studies it really offends me to see what students think they can (and ...
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My original data is in someone else's thesis without my knowledge or consent

I encountered in a Master's thesis some of my original and important findings. I finished my experiments and left the lab to home to write and while I was writing my supervisor put my data into ...
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Is paraphrasing Jack's sentence considered plagiarism, given I cite the original author Z?

I have a specific question. I am working on my academic paper. I came across this unpublished paper online written by a PhD student. Although, his topic is different, some parts of his paper relates ...
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Can I copy parts of a glossary verbatim in my thesis?

My thesis uses domain language of a (software) project that needs to be precisely defined because those words are ambiguous in the "natural" English language. This software project hosts a glossary ...
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Can anyone reach my thesis that is scanned through turnitin? [closed]

I will submit my thesis as an assignment on turnitin. So, I wonder whether anyone can reach my thesis? In that case, what should I have to do to prevent it?
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Is recycling your own phrasing with a citation but without explicit quotation self-plagiarism?

I have a research proposal for which I spent a lot of effort writing the introduction and background so that it was as informative and elegant as possible. I would like to re-use this material simply ...
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Invitation to anti-plagiarism service Turnitin

I received the following unsolicited email: Subject: A new account Turnitin has been created for you Hi NAME SURNAME, you have been added as a teacher to the account, xxx, by Turnitin xxx ...
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How to prevent an idea / innovation from being stolen or plagiarised

I have come up with an innovation to obtain linear motion without using any external source of energy. The idea arose from a paper I wrote on an alternative model of magnetism. I have built and tested ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Multiple accounts of plagiarism (?) during literature study: are my standards too high or should I take action?

I'm currently doing my literature review in preparation for my graduation (masters degree) thesis work at a Dutch university. The past semester I worked as a student assistent on a first-year project, ...
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What should I do when a predatory conference will not listen to us and the journal might retract our paper? [duplicate]

I was in my first semester that a professor asked me for a collaboration with someone else. We have started the project but because of Mr. C bad behavior and lack of contribution our professor fired ...
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What to do if I found out the preprint paper missed a citation of others' work?

I recently found out my preprint paper (to be published in a journal) that missed a citation of others' work, the paper is just published online in IEEE Xplore? The sentences are rephrased, however, I ...
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How can I convince graduate students in China to not copy/paste from the Internet into their research papers?

I'm posting from an anonymous account, for reasons that will be obvious. I'm an associate professor in China at one of the top 10 universities in China, and have been working in China for a number of ...
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Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

When I was in my first year of M.Sc. a professor told me to work on a project for which the main data belonged to him. He had sent me an early draft and told me to translate it into English, so I did ...
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Should I indicate that definitions are from an article?

In my master thesis I included some definitions exactly (just translated in French) like they appear in a paper because they are particularly well written and easy to read for someone who has never ...
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What should I do when someone's falsified information based on governmental connections to accuse me of academic ethical misconduct? [closed]

It was about three years ago that I have started my M.Sc. degree. I was a top student at our department. I have graduated with honors and with several journals and conference papers. Everyone knew who ...
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How do I handle plagiarism professionally and emotionally?

So I have been trying to get an article accepted since 2016. It is an article dedicated to a machine learning based prediction of a biological dataset. It was rejected 4 times. Today, on searching, I ...
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Is it plagiarism if peer reviewers use sentences from submitted manuscripts?

I have a question about plagiarism. If a peer reviewer writes a negative review of a paper and rejects it, so that he or she can use the idea of the paper in their own work is that considered ...
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Literature Review Tables: Plagiarism or Fair Use

I am in a debate regarding tables developed for a literature review which include Author, Year, Type of Study, Methods, and Results. I believe all components of the table should be paraphrased, but a ...
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Copyright and Plagairism Policy for Reviewers of a Rejected Paper

I've read today a paper about my research field that seems similar to my submission (rejected) to a conference. It includes ideas, some scientific elements, and concepts but is not exactly a word-to-...
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Possible plagiarism advice

Last year, I was helping a colleague with statistical analysis. Originally, I was on the paper but after a personal falling out with this colleague, I removed myself as a co-author. Because I am ...
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Someone cited citations I used without citing my work and effort in finding the references

Recently I came across a conference paper that tried to solve the same problem I solved couple of years ago and published a workshop publication about, but using a different algorithm. In their ...
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Using open source code in my final year project

I am a final year undergraduate student reading for Bsc. Electrical and information Engineering. As for the final year project, I am planning to do a project on deep learning. After doing some ...
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Citation depth dilemma (writing sci. article for peer review journal)

The scenario: in an article, found a point/claim/fact that would fit/support perfectly a broader point I'm trying to construct (@Related works section) The dilemma: Whom to cite? a) only the ...
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Extending work without plagiarism

I am working in a sub-field of computer science (deep learning), more specifically a particular application of LSTMs to learn simple functions. My work is building on the work of another researcher to ...
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Is there any limit to the amount of data that can be taken from a research paper for writing a review paper?

I am writing a detailed literature review of some twenty papers available on a newer topic of interest, which form the core of the topic. I am extensively using data from all of those twenty papers. ...
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Documentation control to prevent plagarism

I am current working on a research paper with a few other members. Are there good online documentation control tools where work contribution of different members can be tracked?
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If my supervisor sugests a very specific addition to something, can I use it verbatim?

Say you send a document, it could be a report, or a literature review, or a draft paper, to your supervisor. They write back something along the lines of; Yes, looks good. You need to define the ...
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Standards for Self Plagiarism

Caveats and Context I have been out of academia and the publishing game for nearly 2 decades so this might just be a question about changing mores, difference between disciplines, or just general mis-...
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Whether to report someone receiving extraordinary levels of help for PhD

This is a real life scenario, but I'll refer to the people involved as A and B. A and B are both retired. A is doing a part-time PhD (humanities), but for at least a year* B has been working nearly 9-...
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Is an author allowed to use the same figure in different papers without citation?

Authors A, B and C published paper [1] in journal X. Author B created a figure for paper [1]. The figure is not essential and does not contain any important data. It is just a geometric ilustration. ...
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How to stop a former collaborator from (re-)publishing joint work

Let us assume that my prior coauthor plagiarizes our common work and is going to re-publish parts of it under his/her sole name in a conference. I see a preprint of the work on a well-known preprint-...
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Is it self-plagiarism if I am up-front about similarities?

I am writing a paper which expounds on a portion of a previous paper that I got published. If I did not even mention the previous paper in my new one, I'm fairly certain this would be seen as ...
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Got accused of plagiarism due to a reference lost during copying my own writing [closed]

Summary I was assigned to write an autobiography for a course and copied some sentences from a personal statement for an application. Those sentences in turn included material by somebody else, which ...
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How to reference to a whole section of other paper that my paper is heavily based on

I have a bit of a dilemma. I am writing a master thesis about a topic that I originally thought was original. It turns out that someone else has done the exact same thing, which forced me to take ...
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Plagiarism and Authorship in a Translation

My colleague's article was translated by another person and republished in the translated language. My colleague became the first author, and the translator became second author. Did my colleague or ...
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Just realized I may have accidentally plagiarized some of my bachelor's thesis

I had been reading a news article recently about some politicians who had been accused of plagiarizing their master's or PhD theses, and I noticed something that really frightened me. With some of ...
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Accused of not citing a source in an english final paper

So I turned in my final paper for English and was soon met with this Dear -----, On April 28, 2018, you were involved in a possible violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Specifically, it is ...
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Found an amazing source for a presentation. How do I avoid plagiarising it?

Next week I am to hold a presentation in a master level course about kittens (a subject I knew very little about beforehand). I found an amazing book on cute mammals, in which the chapter on kittens ...
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“Everything in an encyclopedia is Common Knowledge” - actually true?

One "rule of thumb" that is often given out by writing centers and tutors (for example, see the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning) is that anything in a general-reference print encyclopedia (e.g. ...
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Do I need to include citations when writing my own lecture notes, if I make them public?

I am a graduate student in mathematics, writing my own notes in my spare time on a topic I'm interested in. I find it helps me understand things if I write things out in the style of lecture notes (...
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Can future works sections be similar in different papers?

A simple analysis method was proposed in an already-published paper. I am working on a more complicated version of the same method. The future works section of the published paper and my future works ...
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Citations in a math blog

I am an incoming math PhD student in the US. I am thinking of starting a math blog. The intended audience is myself plus maybe other math graduate students. I am a little concerned about citations to ...
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How to avoid being (falsely) accused of plagiarism when reusing notations and definitions

I'm currently writing a paper of my results in a field of pure mathematics. My work is a generalization of an already existing result, which is not mine. My adviser and I think that there is a ...
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Did I commit plagiarism? [closed]

Okay so, in my reference page I used citation machine and when I copied and pasted it on my paper, I made sure to check everything matched with the source within my intext-citation, but. After I ...