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

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How to prove/deal with plagiarism that is hidden behind bad synonyms?

I have had more than one undergraduate student who I have very strongly suspected of routine plagiarism that I cannot prove. There is a certain style of writing that is just inexplicable except as an ...
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Regarding Publication Authorship

I worked with this teammate on a 4-people class group project. We did research, conceived ideas and prototyped the concept together. I just found out that he is publishing this research work with ...
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What to do when the professor does not stand up to cheating? [on hold]

I was the teaching assistant (TA) for a very introductory physics course at a large state university. In the course of grading for this class, I came to learn that my university used the same course ...
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how much input from someone else can a student have in an essay without it being collusion?

From the very first assignment an undergraduate student has been submitting work which has been heavily and repeatedly revised by her father (who is an A level teacher of the subject of her degree). ...
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How to react once you discover someone plagiarized your call for papers?

I am editing a special issue for the reputable Journal A. My special issue is now closed and I am still running the paper reviews. Much to my surprise, I discovered my CFP is plagiarised word-by-word ...
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Is a copied acknowledgements section considered plagiarism?

A friend of mine has told me that his Master student (Chemistry) defended his thesis sometimes ago and everything went alright and he graduated. He recently realized that in the acknowledgements part ...
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My research was plagiarised and won best paper of a conference. How to proceed?

I am a PhD student in electrical engineering, and I recently found out a published paper from another research group which I am collaborating through a joint project using exactly my idea and the data ...
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How to cite a method that I describe in my paper since it is not standard in my field

In one of my PhD papers I am using a statistical model that is not known in my field, and many readers (including my PhD supervisors) will not be familiar with it. I therefore dedicate a subsubsection ...
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Is referencing online solution acceptable when completing assignments

I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this. Recently I had an assignment that is intended to be completed individually in which I cannot understand one of the questions at all. Lectures didn't help as the ...
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I have been accused of copying two lab reports from the previous year even though I had done everything by myself

Today I got accused by my professor of cheating and copying two reports I submitted. I had a formal meeting with the professor where he tried to push me into admitting I cheated by showing me the ...
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Self-plagiarism in Publication-based commentary PhD thesis? [duplicate]

I am writing a publication-based PhD thesis, and the thesis will not be publicly accessible once has been finished due to classified data included. The thesis is not the traditional sandwiched thesis, ...
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Should I reveal academic misconduct on grad school application?

I am currently applying to grad schools due soon, and on the system I am using to apply to different schools, it asks whether an academic sanction has been levied against me. In my first year of ...
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What kind of career path might be possible for a professor following a plagiarism scandal?

Prior to transferring to another university, I attended a college in a different state with a renown reputation for integrity and academic rigor. The year before I left, I enrolled in a course that ...
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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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Can a company prevent a co-author of a paper from putting his name on it?

I was working for a company where we put forward a paper with other colleagues. I was the first author and the paper got rejected. After that I left that company. Recently, I found out that they ...
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Plagiarism of former supervisors copying from my master thesis

I graduated a couple of years ago performing a master thesis with two supervisors. They both were happy about it and wanted to write a paper from my thesis, including me as author, but after my ...
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How to handle a case of unpublished plagiarism?

I am a Master's student in a field of the humanities. Half a year ago I was invited to an informal colloquium of mostly doctorands and post-docs who work at the institute I'm studying at. One ...
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If I wanted to quote a joke from a website in verbatim in a formal academic essay, how would I do that?

The assignment is to evaluate humor in movies. I am unsure how to incorporate a joke quote in there. Would it be classified as plagiarism? Quote: “I have an Epi-Pen. My friend gave it to me as he ...
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I have been accepted to an event where a keynote lecturer is a plagiarist

After some decades an event on my research area was announced in my city, so I decided to send my abstract, which was accepted. However, they recently sent me the programme and among the keynote ...
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Advisor asked for my entire slide presentation so she could give the presentation at an international conference

First, she never helped me on either my thesis or my slide presentation. After my presentation (which she did not attend), she asked me "how to present" it to her so she could use it in the ...
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Existing hypothesis, same country, but different years and setting – is it plagiarism?

I am working on a master-thesis research paper. Recently, I have chosen a research topic and found a related survey dataset to work with. However, just now, I have found out that other authors did the ...
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Separating referenced text from own text, a simple example

Consider this example: According to XYZ [1], this is referenced text. This is is also referenced text. Now this is my text in the same paragraph. It does not tell where the referenced text ends ...
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Colleague's grant application resembles my PhD thesis

A colleague/friend has asked me to review his application for a very large grant, which appears to resemble my PhD thesis. The backstory is as follows. My PhD thesis was the first detailed study of ...
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Does any university require reporting of misconduct at other universities?

Some universities have ethics codes that require (whatever that might mean) members to report misconduct within the community. Are there universities where such a requirement extends to reporting ...
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Copy pasting definitions and theorems from other papers to my own paper

I am writing a mathematical paper. Since my English is not perfect, i am borrowing sentences from English-speaking authors. I have some questions about copy and paste from other papers to my paper. ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy sentences from a secondary source word-for-word while only citing the primary source on which the secondary source is based? [closed]

I have an example in mind, which can be seen by following the link below. If this is plagiarism, how serious is it? Is it worth a slap on the wrist or does it call the validity of the entire paper ...
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How to avoid plagiarism if I am learning from other's code?

I am taking a class that gave us a broad assignment: apply effect to a series of pictures via python. It did not include any lectures on the underlying principles of effects as it would be too broad ...
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Is it plagarism if the entire paper is copied, but each sentence is quoted? [closed]

I have some high school students submitting assignments where the entire paper is copied from another source. They cited every line. Is this plagiarism? I'm sure they are just being lazy, but they ...
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What constitutes plagiarism when writing a textbook?

Heyall, just asking a question out of curiousity. I'm a mathematics undergraduate, who likes to write quite detailed notes from textbooks as a method of revising. These notes tend to follow roughly ...
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Allowed help in thesis

If you write a thesis, is it legal to ask somebody if things you did are correct in the thesis? When it's my own work and this person says, everything correct, there shouldn't be any problem, right? ...
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Citing a paper that led to the discovery of another [closed]

Whilst reading a paper I discovered another and I am now building upon the latter. Should I cite the former paper, since that's how I discovered the latter? Or does it suffice to cite only the latter?
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Plagiarism of reference?

I'm currently writing my master thesis. I'm a bit conflicted with what I do... Reference stealing. So let's say article A talk about something that was reported from X, something else from Y and Z. ...
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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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Possible new type of plagiarism tool [closed]

I was wondering if there is a platform or a tool that can flag papers for being plagiarised? Brief: let's say I am researching on topic X and have used Y as a reference paper. But while through the ...
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How to properly credit other people when writing a text book?

In many textbooks, authors usually write about other people's research results without the type of detailed and extensive citations typically seen in a research paper. Often times without any credit ...
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Is it okay to paraphrase other authors' literature reviews?

I am currently writing a literature review for my bachelor thesis and I am not sure if what I am currently doing is acceptable. My approach right now is to look at about 10 different literature ...
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Moral dilemma in unwittingly being paid to complete a student's work

I am a computer science freelancer who takes on medium-sized projects I can complete in a month or less. I was approached by someone who wanted a set of 12 tutorials at least 500 words each about ...
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How serious is plagiarism in a master’s thesis?

I published my PhD thesis three years ago. I have just come to know that a master’s student has copied three chapters from my PhD thesis half a year later. My PhD supervisor was also the supervisor ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Avoid plagiarism when copying (paraphrasing) paragraphs for the background section of Masters Thesis

In my background section, I have a subsection which explains ideas from research papers that my supervisor has previously published. Basically in my thesis, I build upon these ideas and so I have a ...
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Using open source code in solving course exercises

Is it normal in computer science courses that one can't use open source code to solve exercises on courses even if the licenses of the code allows to use the code? I was confused as I used some code, ...
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I unknowingly submitted plagiarised work

I have received an email saying that my essay is under consideration for the ethics committee for suspected plagiarism. My lecturer had told us that we could work on our essays together as we were all ...
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Software to create repositories of students' software projects

I want to be able to store the software projects my students submit so I can catch plagiarism. Some students copy work from previous years and it would be really helpful if I could find a way to store ...
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What are the chances of degree revoke if an unrelated plagiarized paper was published during the course of Phd studies

The Phd Thesis and course work all are un-plagiarized; degree completed through all the normal procedures of the university. However, a plagiarized research paper which is un-related to the doctoral ...
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Plagiarism / citation standards in non-/less-scientific works

Yesterday night, a renowned Dutch newspaper published a long article on a former rector of one of the largest universities in the Netherlands. Research conducted by the paper shows she didn't take ...
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About similarity Index [closed]

Regarding similarity index of research mathematics papers, I would like to know what is the acceptable similarity index for journals in average?
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Forget middle intial in reference list – did I commit plagiarism? [closed]

In my reference list, I forgot to add the middle name of the author and instead put “Bell, R.” instead of “Bell, R. J.”
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Should such CS coursework be subject to plagiarism?

I just joined a new CS course and have some trouble understanding whether I should be worried that my coursework is to be considered plagiarized or not. The following is the situation. I am doing a ...
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Is it unethical to use a published code in my PhD thesis work?

I have used a code published in a published Masters thesis into my PhD work. I have modified just 10% of the code to suit my research requirement. However, most of the code is as developed by the ...
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Is it normal to “extract a paper” from a master thesis?

I have finished my master thesis and now a couple of colleagues who were involved (one of which was the supervisor) are interested in "extracting a paper" from it. We have already written one paper on ...