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Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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Ethical Problems Brought by Academic Paywalls [duplicate]

The question is simple. I am working on a topic. I came across a paper that is behind a paywall which my research institution (i.e. university) has no access to it and it may or may not be relevant to ...
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What to do about collaborators & co-authors who fail to understand authorship & plagiarism?

I've been working on a research paper in the field of education with co-authors for the past year. I know both of these individuals professionally for several years. One is a more seasoned author than ...
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Submitting parts of my thesis to a journal, overlapping text fragments: self-plagiarism?

I am currently working on my thesis and I am submitting a part of my thesis as a paper to a journal (same text no rephrasing in some parts). I believe the journal review takes about four to six months ...
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I wrote a research paper and just realized that my idea has been published before. Must I cite?

I work as an engineer in industry. I have been working alone in a project of my firm for four months. In the course of this, I invented a technique which can optimize and reduce considerably the cost ...
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Does posting my work on the Internet protect me if someone else tries to publish it with peer review under their own name?

I'm in a very unique situation. I have ideas of something potentially valuable for science and I want to get it published but I haven't been able to go through the peer-review process, yet. That is ...
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Is it okay for me to violate my school's honor policy by ghostwriting others' papers for money? [closed]

I've been asked to write a paper for someone else at my school and it has made me question whether I'd be doing a horrible thing by agreeing. I have done it and accepted pay before now. My papers are ...
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My code is published as original work by a different group. What should I do?

I've found some code that I've posted online that has a BSD license published in a supplementary material of a different group in a high impact journal. The authors have replaced the name on the ...
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Is it cheating if I develop some part of my MSc. thesis in a hackathon in a team?

I am working on my master thesis in software engineering. I am going to present the idea of my thesis in a hackathon (startup competition), so most probably, we will make a team and develop a minimum ...
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Journal paper plagiarism, use of same words

So, I came across this paper in my field (let's call it paper A) and there was a reference for an equation that they had borrowed from another paper (let's call this paper B). Everything well-cited ...
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I am a second author on a paper with two other researchers, and something has made me very uncomfortable. In the article in question, we are referring to a model which we use to produce our analyses. ...
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What to do if my professor is plagarizing [duplicate]

I was in the middle of doing my homework for a class (its a worksheet for a word document) and I noticed that the author of the word document is not my professor. I looked it up, and it turns out ...
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How to deal with fellow grad students who want to copy assignments?

How to deal with fellow students who put little effort on their part while solving assignments, and sometimes ask you to spoon-feed them solutions. Lot of times these students end up scoring more on ...
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How to cite an answer in StackExchange? [duplicate]

I will use this proof in manuscript. It is clearly plagiarism if I just write down the proof and do not cite the original content. However, how do I cite an answer in StackExchange? It is neither a ...
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Where to draw the line between support, plagiarism and academic dishonesty?

I received some help during my thesis under the following circumstances: Took "neutral" classes for coding from a online tutor The tutor helped me in sharpening my coding skills I took his help (held ...
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How to confront possible theft of ideas?

I sent a paper to a fellow PhD student in my department for feedback. In person, he gave me some comments and implied that he had already considered some of the ideas I had suggested. I recently ...
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Cases of plagiarism in mathematics

Are there known cases of plagiarism in mathematics? The writing practices in mathematics are clearly different from the writing practices in the humanities. In the latter area I roughly know how to ...
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Accidental Plagiarism [closed]

So I have had a bad few weeks and I had an essay due on Monday. I decided to use an old essay to help me. I took a couple of sentences from my old work that were direct quotes and some that were not (...
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Why would a university restrict publication of work due to plagiarism fears if TurnItIn was used?

I used to host some code I'd written for university assignments publicly on my GitHub account (after the deadlines had passed, of course). Before long, I received an email from the dep't asking me to ...
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Is using a rhetoric element plagiarism?

Let's suppose a paper uses an interesting rhetoric element to present idea A. So let's say it says "Wise men have had the brilliant, although not fully correct idea that A". Is it plagiarism, to say ...
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What is the process for retroactively (post completion) reviewing plagiarism on a dissertation?

I am currently at a community college so I am not privy to the inner workings of the big university world but I am curious how this works. Recently it has become headline news that a student from a ...
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How to cite a paragraph in project report?

I am writing a project report for my master degree in STEM (U.S.). I have to cite a large paragraph of others' work. This paragraph describes some basic stuff (For example, a duck has two eyes and two ...
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Is it okay for me to show some other publication's data for data comparison reasons without prior permission if I properly reference/cite their work?

Suppose publication Smith (2016) had a study that investigated whether professors liked apples, and found that they did. Now suppose that I wish to have my own study that investigated whether ...
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Is submitting two papers with identical introduction and methods considered plagiarism?

Our research (me being one of the co-authors) consists of two main sub-cases which are too long to be in a single paper. So, they were divided into two parts--Part1 and Part2. Both of these papers ...
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Is it fine to post my paper's preprint both on my blog and on arXiv?

There is no particular reason that I want my preprint paper both on my blog and on arXiv, but I just thought it would look nice on my blog. If I were to do this, will arXiv mark my paper as ...
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Is taking ideas from an art critic plagiarism?

A student submitted a paper in an art history class that contained some ideas from art critics she read about, and whose ideas she agreed with. The student didn't cite the critics as source, but ...
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Plagiarism checker for mathematics paper

I recently accepted to referee a mathematics paper. This is my first referring assignment and was wondering if there are free plagiarism checkers more suitable for math papers. side note: Several ...
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Is copying an algorithm plagiarism?

My question is very similar to this one, but I'm curious about algorithms. The accepted answer states that: Mathematical equations are not normally considered subject to plagiarism ... I am ...
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A published paper stole my unpublished results from a science fair

I'm in junior high, and earlier this year, we had a science fair. My science project was mostly experimental pure math, and came in first overall in our grade. Today, I was doing some research on a ...
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Is it plagiarism if I copy somebody else's answer I already solved but misplaced?

For an assignment, I was supposed to do some tedious calculations and essentially compute a certain number of things and then just list them as answers, one after another, without the calculations. ...
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Under what circumstances would a University revoke a student's degree? [duplicate]

Under what circumstances would a University revoke a student's undergraduate bachelor's degree if something was discovered after the degree was awarded, but actually happened when the student was ...
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What are examples of penalties for “self-plagiarism”? [closed]

I graduated from university in June of 2015. I submitted an essay to a philosophy professor in my second year that was substantially the same as an essay I submitted to a TA the year before for one of ...
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Does Turnitin match my paper against sources found after I submitted by paper?

I have to submit my dissertation through Turnitin. I am planning on publishing the dissertation on my website a few days after submitting it through Turnitin so future employers can see what kind of ...
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Do universities keep records/a database of student assignments from the past? Or is only Masters/PhD work kept to publish in journals?

Do universities keep work done by students for later research and/or plagiarism detection by future students (eg. self-plagiarism)?
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In what situations would “self-plagiarism” be authorized by a professor?

A lot of universities say "Cannot submit this work in whole or in part to another class without prior written consent by the instructor." What is an example of a situation where a student would get ...
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Can someone ever be accused of self-plagiarism after the course is over?

I submitted a philosophy essay to a professor for his 2nd year class that was almost the same as an essay I submitted to a TA for the same professor's 1st year class. I thought that I had ...
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In case I upload an unpublished conference paper or technical report of mine to Academia.edu is it protected from plagiarism?

I would like to know if an uploaded unpublished paper of mine it is safe from plagiarism, including just parts of it (e.g. title). I meant that if somebody copies part or the entire unpublished, but ...
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Plagiarized programming assignment - How to proceed

I'm a fourth year student earning a degree in computer science. I have a fairly high gpa, completed two research projects, and have conducted myself honestly through my entire career. A few weeks ago, ...
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What should I do with a master student's online report that made my work look like his?

I have a published a conference paper (in 2014) that has been used recently by a master student (whom I do not know) to write a paper for a master's class discussing a paper. In his work he cites my ...
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Professor wants to use required class project for research

In one of my required undergraduate courses, my professor has given a mandatory assignment. He has indicated that he will use our code from the assignment for his research. He has not mentioned ...
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How should I reference this? Should I reference this?

I was having a problem (a mathematical one) in my research, and tried to find the solution. I had some ideas, but none of them solved my problem, I did some research but found nothing, tried to talk ...
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Is using a survey classifications plagiarism?

I'm writing the related work section of a paper and the survey paper X does such a wonderful work categorizing the existing approaches in the field, that I'm thinking on using the same categories in ...
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Is it plagiarism to use other paper's section and subsection titles without modification?

For example, I saw a paper having following a section title and its subsection titles. The titles are appropriate for my study, so I want to write them without modificaition. But I am not sure whether ...
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May copying a particular statement be considered as a plagiarism?

"A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term... In mathematics, a definition is used to give a precise meaning to a new term, instead of describing a pre-existing term." - Wikipedia. Suppose,...
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Does considering someone's work regarding a piece of literature constitute plagiarism if you knowingly derive/spark ideas from it and don't cite it?

Is reviewing with/considering someone's summary/analysis of the events of a piece of literature plagiarism if you write a piece that has ideas which may have sparked from considering that piece? Put ...
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If I receive written permission to use content from a paper without citing, is it plagiarism?

Let's say I find an article online. I contact the writer of this article and, without expecting anything in return, they agree to give me full, unrestricted rights to use any portion of their article, ...
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I have found theses on a similar subject to my own, and want to use their references with my own text and a similar flow. Is this plagiarism?

I'm writing my master thesis and found some master and PhD theses with the similar subject. They have lots of useful references at their introduction chapter, and I use those references and create my ...
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What to do on immediate rejection from journal citing “Similarity Score” that is too high, but specific instances are just boilerplate text?

I have received an immediate reject notice from the journal ACM CSUR mentioning that my written survey had 13% similar materials with respect to the online available sources. Passing through the ...
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What to do when you think a student is incapable of using certain vocabulary?

I think many here have had the experience of seeing a paper that uses grammar dramatically different than its student author has shown in the past, and naturally questioning the authorship follows. ...
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How to request retraction of a published paper when contacting the editors and publishers doesn't work?

About 18 months ago, I found a published paper which plagiarised my work. I initially contacted the journal editors, but they did not respond. I then contacted Elsevier, which publishes the journal. ...
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Is it plagiarism (or bad practice) to cite reviews instead of source material directly? [duplicate]

My first source of information when preparing a manuscript are reviews. If up-to-date and comprehensive, I feel I can create most of my introduction by rephrasing and citing them. Nevertheless, ...