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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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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 ...
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Rephrasing and Reproducing some part of the Introduction of a Research publication without citing that publication. Is it plagiarism?

I want to rephrase and reproduce some part of the Introduction of a Research publication without giving citation to that publication. Will it be considered an act of plagiarism ?? I am not using and ...
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Should I prepare new homework exercises each year, 20% of the final grade is homework?

This year I prepare a new course (in programming, but it could be any other course). I spend a lot of effort in creating homework exercises. This is fun, but also very time-consuming. I wonder if I ...
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Is uncredited use of grad students' unpublished research by professors accepted/common practice in academia?

I'm a master's student, and over the course of my studies I've conducted a few independent studies in which I investigate specific research questions that I formulate on my own. Those independent ...
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What provisions exist to handle scooping when there are multiple reviews of research papers?

Point 1: At my university, it's a practice (not compulsory) to submit our conference/journal paper first to a department where it is checked for plagiarism and quality. Then it's sent to professors in ...
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Why can't motivations in a paper's introduction be copied?

I'm always baffled that the preamble in introductions in scientific papers is pretty much always the same for papers dealing with the same topic. And yet, no two papers have the same introduction, ...
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Elsevier's 'MethodsX' journal as an additional article to my original research article (plagiarism) [closed]

I recently submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal (Biomedical Signal Processing and Control), in the revision stage they propose to me to send a part of my work as MethodX article https://www....
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Where does one draw the line to determine what is ethical to share and what isn't?

I am starting to design my personal website and I would like to devote part of the site to sharing knowledge in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science. My main concern is determining what is ...
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What is the best way to find plagiarism in a draft research?

Recently I got a research from one of my colleagues. However, I suspect the draft of his work and think it is extracted from somewhere else and it is not a new research in the field of cryptography. I ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy-paste part of a figure from a cited work?

I'm in the process of reviewing a journal submission and noticed that one of the figures is composed of a cropped out piece of a figure from another work. The authors don't cite the figure as coming ...
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A colleague's CV is taking credit for service that I did, and now we're both on the shortlist for a job. Is there anything that I can do?

A few years ago I undertook the position of co-editor as a journal and organized a redesign of the entire journal: new layout, new cover, new typesetting, new printers, everything. I'm very proud of ...
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Plagiarism in Statement of Purpose

This is an unfortunate situation that's now given me many sleepless nights. I'm a first year PhD student at a top university in the social sciences. Recently while preparing a grant application I was ...
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Getting help from friend for literature search [duplicate]

Suppose person A has a research project where they need to find a few articles on a particular topic, and write a review of these papers. Being busy with other coursework, and feeling overwhelmed by ...
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Can I use the whole mathematical proof from references like books and reputed research papers for my own paper?

Currently I am trying to publish my research paper on cosmology. I have found some useful proved equations in other research papers. As this is my first research paper, I have no experience with ...
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How to avoid being plagiarised when suggesting an idea to a potential collaborator? [duplicate]

Say I have some idea about research and I want to suggest it to a potential collaborator (researcher). Assume that I don’t know the researcher personally and have no any ties with him. If I write my ...
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Can I copy the “background” and “related work” part of my published paper?

For example, I want to propose a new algorithm for an existing problem, and I already have published several papers about this topic, they share exactly same background, is it OK for me to copy the "...
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I plagiarized in my Bachelor's thesis, and after a year,went back and redid it unofficially. Should I push for some official action?

My supervisor does not want to push this further and take official action since this was a lone incident and I had health issues at that point. However, since I am not getting closure, I do not feel ...
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Prepared exam essay matches published example

My son (3rd yr zoology in the UK) has an exam tomorrow, in which the task is to write an essay on the history of a(ny) branch of science. The idea is that the students can research and prepare their ...
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How to handle the plagiarism on references?

Recently I received a plagiarism report on my accepted manuscript. It is highlighted that total 25% text appeared in other sources though they are cited properly. When I checked the report, I found ~...
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Is it okay to typeset someone’s to-be-graded assignment for them?

I have a friend who’s an undergraduate at university. I believe myself to be fairly proficient in TeX/LaTeX; I’ve seen some of the assignments that he’s received back, and we both agree they could ...
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I think my PhD thesis has been plagiarised. What are the professional steps to take?

Background: I completed my PhD last Christmas and received it later on in the year. My supervisor was very absent (there in person, but not at all a mentor)/not very supportive during my PhD. Early ...
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Should I delete my question on Stack Exchange to reduce my own plagiarism?

I created a new account and posted a question on Math Stack Exchange asking help for a specific part in an exercise from class. It was duly answered. That question went on to gain a lot of hits and ...
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Can I replicate Thesis using a different subject of study?

Let’s say there is this dissertation: The impact of interest rate on economic growth in country X Can I write my dissertation about: The impact of interest rate on economic growth in country Y
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Building my personal phrase bank, would this be considered plagiarism?

I have started to build my personal phrase bank since I’m a non-native speaker and struggling to build my arguments and sentences correctly. So I decided to mimic the structure of native authors who ...
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My paper was rejected following a lengthy delay during which an editor published a similar paper

I have had a very bad experience with a journal. After nine months under review, the system showed that a decision had been made; I have checked and was “revise and resubmit”. Two days later, the ...
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Is it possible to cite from an unknown source without plagiarising?

I am currently writing a document that needs pictures for visual representations of my topic. I’ve been browsing around on the Internet to find such picture. I found a very good picture that could be ...
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Citing a citation from a paper? [duplicate]

So, I have a sentence in a paper I'm writing that looks like this: This result was first discovered by Person X (PaperX 1915). The issue is, the paper I cite, let's call it Paper X, written by ...
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Reusing someone else's code in my own publication

I am about to submit a paper in which one of the algorithms I used is heavily based on the code available on one of the TensowFlow tutorials. In fact, I mostly copied the code from the page and made ...
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Is re-discovery plagiarism?

I have a hard time understanding statements such as: Scientist X discovered Y in 1960 and was subsequently rediscovered by Scientist Z in 1980. How does one prove that plagiarism has not taken ...
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How to teach students not to use other people's work in an assignment or a thesis?

When reading submissions by students, for example coding assignments or bachelor theses, I stumble upon code or text not originally written by the students themselves, usually not referenced properly (...
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How to handle plagiarism on method that does not affect outcome results when reviewing a paper?

I was reviewing a paper related to my field (computational fluid dynamics) a while ago and, while reading a part of the methodology section where the numerical scheme and the equations were explained, ...
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Does two lines of copied code constitute plagiarism?

I copied (and failed to cite) two lines of code from the OpenJDK source for an undergraduate Data Structures project. Yet, the code comparison shows an alarming amount (40%) of similarity. Here is the ...
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A reviewer has stolen my idea – what can I do? [duplicate]

I submitted a manuscript for publication in May (it was about DFT analysis of a specific system). The manuscript was rejected in October; one reviewer had made some suggestions, and the other ...
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How to use similar argument of an author? [duplicate]

I'm reading a paper about specific topic. In that paper the author said "In a recent literature survey of ..... McCarthy (2010) reported that there is little work in ..... Now, if I want to write a ...
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strange potential plagiarism case(missed the acknowledgement page)

Forgot to mention supervisor's name in the thesis(due to pressure) and submitted it and got an A for it. Can I be accused of plagiarism at a later date, if this professor wishes to push it forward? ...
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How to reference data someone told me in person?

As a part of one of the graduate course I am taking, I need to develop a business plan for a coffee shop startup. I have chosen a office building as the location of the shop. I want to provide some ...
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Two papers from different authors with identical content – which to reference?

I am currently undertaking a project as a part of a grad course I am taking. While making some research on the use of medical parallel manipulators, I found two research papers written by different ...
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Attributing Second-order Citations

Imagine that a paper by [Author A] has pulled together some literature on the misuse of a technology in context X. I now want to talk about misuse of the same technology but in context Y. When ...
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How can an undergraduate be recognized for work done on a paper, with a fellow PhD student and a professor?

I am an undergraduate student, and recently I was introduced a PhD student in my university's math department. In a brief interaction with him, he mentioned that he was doing work in Differential ...
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Plagiarism: quotation from videos course or conference

You know that there is large of youtube videos that talking about science (you can find conference videos, researchers recording research Methodology in a videotape, etc). Let say that I am preparing ...
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My professor is using questions from other colleges for an assignment. Is this plagiarism? [duplicate]

So I have noticed that there are exact solutions to the exact question I found on an assignment sheet for a unit/class that I am currently doing (the source is from another college's publication on ...
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Am I plagiarising if I publish something that has been independently discovered since?

My field is primarily connected with computer networks. Sometime in 2016, I discovered a vulnerability which at that time was not known (I searched a lot to make sure). I experimented with it and got ...
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How to deal with abusive professor?

I am a fresh medical graduate. I worked with a professor who harassed me sexually. Unfortunately, I was afraid to talk and also a little bit confused because I was an international visiting student at ...
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Is there any way to post my code on Code Review Stack Exchange and not be worried about plagiarism?

I am doing my thesis-based master’s in computer engineering and am required to program a tool in C++ as a part of my research. I am quite impressed by the help offered on the Code Review website and ...
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Algorithm plagarism?

Say I watch some YouTube videos to learn merge sort, and during the lesson the code for merge sort is shown and explained, if after this I write my own program and use the merge-sort algorithm I ...
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Is it unethical to hire a paper writer AFTER the assignment is done? [duplicate]

This is an intriguing scenario that came to my mind. I have not done this and am not planning on doing it, but I am curious about it. Of course, it’s well known that if you hire a paper writer to ...
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Can one's professional degree (e.g. Masters, PhD, MD) be revoked on the basis of an academic offence committed during their undergraduate studies? [closed]

Title says all! I can't seem to find any answers pertaining to my question on google, and so I'm wondering if anyone here could share their thoughts/knowledge. Your help is much appreciated :)
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Is it plagiarism if I use a text I wrote myself but put on the internet before?

I just rememebered a case when I was still in school: we had to write an essay about a specific topic and one guy put big parts of his essay on Wikipedia before handing it in. When the teacher checked ...
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Is copying methods from a paper from the same group plagiarism?

I just wanted to see what people think about a possible plagiarism issue. I found a new article which, as far as I can tell, uses data first shown in an older publication from the same group but with ...