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

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How to defend plagiarism in my bachelor's thesis

I study at a university in Europe and recently received an e-mail from the exam commission regarding the submission of my bachelor thesis. I am under suspicion for plagiarism and to be honest I don't ...
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Inappropriate conduct in exam [closed]

A response letter for false allegation of misconduct in exam. A proper detailed email to explain the very fact that no such inappropriate is conducted. Should include explanation of how the answers ...
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I've been wrongfully accused of plagiarism. What can strengthen my case?

I submitted an assignment in February and I recently received an email accusing me of academic misconduct. I have just finished my second year of university and this is the first time that I have ever ...
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Similarity index software for research proposals [duplicate]

There are some software which are checking similarity. For a research proposal when we express a statement in the literature review section with citing to its reference (source), is it counted as ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

I've finished writing my thesis and have done an online plagiarism check. I used https://www.check-plagiarism.com/ to check and got a lot of plagiarism. I don't understand why. You can find an example ...
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I have been accused of plagiarism for similarities between my presentation and a website that I used as a source and cited. What should I do?

So I did a ppt poster presentation. In one of the sections of my PowerPoint, the entire section was highlighted as having a 10% similarity to a website, which is already cited in my PowerPoint and ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when copying boiler plate sections in a math paper?

My research in mathematics uses concepts from a variety of subdisciplines that usually don't interact much with one another. For that reason, I need to include boiler plate sections that establish the ...
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Is it okay to reuse the text of a sentence from a paper that summarises the findings of a primary reference?

If x paper says "y et al. [1] have found so and so in the water of India", why can't I use the exact same words as the "x paper" and just cite [1]? My understanding is this- since ...
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My professor send me an email that said I plagiarized and cheat

I am doing a closed and open book exam recently. I was working so hard on it and hoping to pass the exam. However, I received an email that said there’s an evidence that I plagiarized. I was crying ...
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How to handle a plagiarism report commented by arxiv?

I wrote an article in mathematics (number theory) and submitted it in arxiv in January 2020. I did check plagiarism at my institute which was less than 10%. (Edit: Why do I check ? Because it is 2016 ...
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Is it plagiarism if someone attends your talk and then writes a paper about your ideas?

6 months ago I presented a talk describing some research I had been doing and presenting some half finished results. Ive since discovered that one of the attendees took my idea from the talk and ...
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Can it be plagiarism to copy pseudocode into python?

I'm reading a paper that describes an algorithm in pseudocode, and I copied it into Python for a project I'm working on. However, now that I'm looking at it, the Python code is remarkably similar to ...
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Masters student took part of my research work in his Masters thesis, what to do? [duplicate]

I asked this question before, but need a little bit more answer. One of the masters students in our chemistry lab added part of my phd research work (which was done abroad) in his masters thesis. He ...
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How to check the duplication of the extended version of the paper?

One of my papers was accepted by the conference. I now want to write an extended version of the paper for submission to the journal. The journal requirements are: Extended versions of published ...
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Fellow lab researcher adds me as (fake) author because his funds come from my fellowship

I received a 3 year fellowship for a 3-year PhD in computer science at a well known lab in my topic. I am in my last year and things haven't gone well. I don't have any impressive research results, ...
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Not citing the methods in the grant proposal [closed]

Last year, I wrote a proposal for DFG, a German body funding, with my colleague and we got money to hire three PhD students on my side, and two on my colleague’s side in another university. In the ...
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How to react to colleague publishing my idea

Many months ago I informally explained to another PhD student of my chair the main idea I was working on. Today, 6 months after, I discovered that he submitted it to a minor conference, got it ...
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Is the using same techniques considered plagiarisim?

A geologist used some techniques to investigate certain oil field for his PhD thesis. If another geologist useS the same techniques but for a different oil field can it be considered plagiarism?
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Can we use past exam solutions during an exam if it's authorized to use anything

I just did an exam where we could use anything (online exam). On the exam page it's written; authorized material : everything. During the exam, i noticed a question was exactly the same as an other ...
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Do researchers use plagiarism tools before sending their manuscripts to the publishers?

Do student researchers use plagiarism tools before sending their manuscripts to the publishers? If they do, do they spend money on this type of software from their own pockets? If someone doesn't want ...
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How to safeguard marketable ideas from being stolen?

Say I plan to share an idea with a professor that has the potential to inspire a biotech startup. What forward-looking steps can I, as an undergraduate, take beforehand to ensure the professor won't ...
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Can (or should) text from a study protocol be reused when preparing a manuscript for submission to an academic journal?

In an attempt to follow best practices in open sciences, I drafted, published, and shared a protocol for a systematic literature review. I have since completed the data collection and extraction ...
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I do not want my research presentation to be recorded: what's the proper etiquette?

I've been invited to present a talk at another university on a topic of my choice, and I have decided to share the literature review section of the paper I'm working on and haven't published yet. ...
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Is changing some words plagiarism?

I'm looking for a clear, definitive answer to the following question: Is taking someone else's writing, and changing some of the words, inherently plagiarism? I find resources that describe plagiarism ...
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How to handle a lack of authorship even though you deserved it? [duplicate]

In Summer 2020, I worked on a research team with 2 colleagues and a supervisor on a ML paper. We (myself and my 2 colleagues) heavily built on some work that the supervisor did in the past to come up ...
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Would it be inappropriate to complete this project on my own?

About a year ago, I quit my PhD in mathematics. At the time, I was working on a project given to me by my former advisor. His contributions were as follows: Explaining the basic idea of the project, ...
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Can similarity between a software paper and the software's documentation cause the paper to be rejected? [duplicate]

I am writing an open source software which will be published as a public Github repository (code+binaries) and the accompanying documentation will be available on ReadTheDocs.com platform. I am also ...
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Plagiarism in a work I'm advising

I'm a research assistant in an university. I'm advising some students, in the capacity of co-advisor with another colleague, to write a work which is necessary for them to graduate and which will add ...
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I spotted a paper which has six pages worth of plagiarism: should I report it to the editor of the journal?

I spotted a 2019 paper which literally copy-pastes paragraphs from a 2011 paper and doesn't cite them. The author (who is different than the 2011 paper's) claims that as their own research paper. ...
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Found plagiarism in published paper - what to do?

I was recently reading a paper in some journal which described part of their method in the following way: Our goal is to perform [something] on our data, which is drawn from [distribution]. This ...
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Is paraphrasing with citation considered plagiarism?

As part of a thesis, I paraphrased a text from a peer-reviewed research paper and cited it at the end. But one of my friends thinks it's plagiarism. I wonder if anyone can make a comparison between ...
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Is it plagiarism to retell the sentences in textbook during closed book examination essay without a citation?

During a time-limited closed-book final exam, I was asked to write an essay summarizing what I learned in this course. I used a lot of key knowledge points and conceptual explanations from the ...
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Academic misconduct [closed]

My professor sent out an email saying he had evidence of me cheating in a Physics class. Exam was done on gradescope. And I don’t really know what evidence he has. He is requesting a zoom meeting with ...
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Comparing tools for plagiarism detection in writing

As a professor I’m planning to include more training about plagiarism in my courses to address some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings. What is your experience with such tools? My university ...
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Small unintentional plagiarism issues found after years of my Phd thesis. What can I do?

I finished my PhD in early 2018. I immediately sumbitted an hard copy at the dept. library and a pdf copy on the online database (open-access), a few weeks later as per Univeristy rules. at the time ...
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Can you reference a book if the author forbids it? Or maybe I have misunderstood the legal part of the book?

I would like to reference thoughts from a book, which would be a legal and normal thing to do, but there is a part on the first page of the book which makes me confused. Maybe the author forbids even ...
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Academic integrity and plagiarism issue related to an idea. How to handle and communicate?

In 2018, I shared an idea with an assistant professor from another university. I shared this because this is an idea many people are working on and are developing approaches to solve it. My PhD ...
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Was I unreasonably left out of author list?

Two years ago, I was about three weeks (fortunately I keep notes) into a postdoc research position with a federal government organization, and I was excited to participate in a meeting with a federal ...
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How should I report a prior plagiarism offence from undergrad after being admitted to grad school?

I'm currently enrolled in a Master's coursework program in Australia and I've just completed my first semester. I've been looking into going to law school in Australia after I'm done. I submitted my ...
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Does copying a precise, concrete definition from Wikipedia into a paper equal plagiarism?

There is a one sentence precise definition for a graph theoretical concept that I would like to copy more or less 1:1 into my paper. The only thing I change is some naming as "points" to &...
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I am continuing with my Master's thesis on the same topic I worked on in my Bachelor's thesis. How much can I reuse to avoid self-plagiarism?

In my Bachelor's thesis, I implemented four new compression algorithms into a small Java library developed at my university (used only internally for teaching purposes). In my actual Bachelor's thesis ...
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A published paper is a literal translation of my own unpublished work. What can I do?

I found out that my supervisor in college translated an unpublished article of mine (in Chinese) into English verbatim and published it in a top journal, without any quotation marks or acknowledgments....
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Citing your own stackexchange post?

Let's say I answer some question, either someone else's or my own (eg this, this or this), on, say, maths se. Then later say I have a class that gives a certain homework and for 1 of the problems in ...
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Is summarizing a single source considered plagiarism?

Usually when I write a history paper, I utilize many sources. Currently I have an article, which will be published, for which citing many sources isn't really necessary. Quite simply, I'm taking a 250-...
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Concerning publication my master's thesis

Recently my paper was accepted for a conference and I presented the paper without any problem. At the final stages the publication committee is raising concerns my paper has significant plagiarism. ...
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If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, is there any possibility of resorting to a new assessment in the scientific community?

The question is a complement for other post not completely answered yet (Plagiarism, intimidation and misuse of doctoral theses results in Brazil): If the editor-in-chief does not consider plagiarism, ...
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Plagiarism, intimidation and misuse of doctoral theses results in Brazil

After completing my phd, my advisor changed his behavior with me, starting to keep a certain distance, avoiding conversations like the ones we had throughout the phd. About 6 months later, he ...
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My PhD advisor sent me a plagiarized draft

While working on a paper, my PhD advisor (at a prestigious school, if that matters) sent revisions that included three pages plagiarized from a book. Thankfully I caught this before the paper was ...
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Faculty member plagiarized my work. What do I do?

When applying for a postdoc, I submitted writing samples from my dissertation. After I was accepted, I added to the institution's library a number of texts that I cited in my research. (This was a ...
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How to spot accidental/deliberate plagiarism and how to prove it?

This new question is related to this What to do when a section of a published paper has a section which contains similar results as mine?. In my previous question(linked above), I had asked that ...
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