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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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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 ...
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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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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? ...