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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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Is it plagiarism to closely mimic the structure of a table in a publication?

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 a previous publication and I really ...
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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 my own Master's thesis, years later?

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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Is it plagiarism to publish 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 several paragraphs of text with citation considered plagiarism? But I do no think that it has been completely ...
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Is verbatim copying several paragraphs of 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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Are there any examples for an ArXiv publication nurturing or preventing plagiarism?

First of all, this is about plagiarism in the sense of stealing ideas. Copy-and-paste plagiarism is included 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 journal....
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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 institution....
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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 (years later) with otherwise good 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 or understood very well. She writes a great thesis ...
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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 supervisor?

I have been working on an idea for last 2 years almost independently along with other research works. My advisor did not believe in my work much initilally, so I did not get an RA for two years even ...
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How to determine similarity score of new manuscript against own yet-to-publish manuscripts? [duplicate]

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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Should I report an accepted PhD thesis in which the literature review is copied verbatim from sources?

While writing the literature review for 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 ...