Questions tagged [plagiarism]

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

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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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What to do after I was named as co-author on a paper, without my consent?

A few years ago, I found a conference paper, of which I was a co-author, being re-published as an article in a (not highly ranked) journal. It was a textbook example of plagiarism, copy-pasting whole ...
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When to give up seeking justice after you've been plagiarized?

I found that a Ph.D. student, recently graduated, plagiarized over a dozen passages from a book I based on my own Ph.D. dissertation of some years ago. Their dissertation is on the Internet, which is ...
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Is it okay to work on colleagues' ideas after they leave academia?

I've just discovered that a former colleague is now working on some research ideas that I developed and laid the groundwork for now that I have left academia following failure to obtain funding. I'm ...
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How should I handle reviewing a paper that is very similar to something I am working on?

I was sent a paper to review recently. I decided to review the paper and saw that part of the paper is on a very similar method that I have been working on recently. Not the wording, of course, but ...
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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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How to report plagiarism in a publication

A friend showed me a paper that literally copied two pages of another paper, without any reference. This clearly is a fraud. He tried to inform the authors of the original paper. Is there any other ...
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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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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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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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Journal paper and conference proceedings note appear to be identical, is this plagiarism?

I am looking at these two papers in the field of astrophysics. One is this journal paper and the other is a proceedings notes from a conference. It almost looks like these two papers are copied word-...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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What to do about a student whom I suspect of having plagiarized but who claims not to have?

I caught a student plagiarizing on a programming assignment by copying someone else's code and replacing some variable/function names. I gave the student a zero, and shortly afterward he emailed me ...
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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 it self-plagiarism to summarise a topic in the introduction of two of your papers using similar references and examples?

I have written two papers, let's say X and Y, about a concept, let's say A. X is about other overview of concept A and how it can be improved in general. Then I have another paper i.e. Y discusses ...
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Is it plagiarism to copy from the textbook and referencing properly but not using quotation marks?

I have copied several paragraphs from our course textbook in my homework, however before starting the section which is from the textbook I have clearly stated that following sections are from textbook ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Another student used my completed work, what should I do? [closed]

I took a class a year ago, another student currently taking the same class had asked about my assignments to guide her in her work. I explained to her how intense the class is and sent her a copy of ...
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Potential issues with uploading copyrighted material to TurnItIn?

My university uses TurnItIn to check student's work for plagiarism and collusion. I think the underlying TurnItIn database includes both submitted work and material it has found by crawling the web, ...
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My original data is in someone else's thesis without my knowledge or consent

I encountered in a Master's thesis some of my original and important findings. I finished my experiments and left the lab to home to write and while I was writing my supervisor put my data into ...
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Can I copy text from an article to complete my review article?

I'm currently writing an article and wonder if I could copy text from various articles. Is this appropriate? I checked similar review articles and found they copied the abstracts for similar works, ...
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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 GitHub adequate for purposes of giving a manuscript a timestamp to protect against plagiarism?

I wrote a paper that I want to put on my webpage, but that I don't want to publish anywhere. I think that I need a timestamp on it, in case someone decides to plagiarize it. Is GitHub adequate for ...
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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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Can an advisor write a student's PhD thesis?

I've recently discovered a strange situation. A few years ago, a senior mathematician published a certain solo paper X. A few years prior to that, one of his students wrote a thesis Y on the same ...
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Who to cite if the original source of a citation does not contain the content that was cited?

As you're supposed to do, I looked up the original source of a citation that I wanted to work with. Only the original paper never mentions what I was hoping to find! Do I cite the first paper then, ...
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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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Editor not taking action after I reported plagiarism. What steps can I take?

Some people erased three author names including mine from a paper previously submitted (and rejected by three different journals) and got it accepted by Case Reports In Emergency Medicine. I ...
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How do we prevent a professor from releasing our class project as his own research?

I don't want to release too many details in this inquiry, but I do have a very legitimate question to ask. My senior class (aerospace engineering) has been hard at work for nearly nine months reverse ...
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Using a source and being unable to cite it

I am writing my thesis, and during my work, my advisor supplied me with some confidential documents that he still has from his previous work. Part of my work is based on these documents and I am ...
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How should I feel about a professor using an entire online course for his own course?

I'm taking a machine learning class at a school in South Korea. I've heard some good and bad things about this professor in particular, but I didn't really know until I actually took his course. I've ...
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Reusing material from thesis proposal in final thesis

I'm writing my final thesis and there's a lot of material I would like to reuse from my proposal -- introductions, motivations, etc. -- and it would be nice to just copy-paste (and update a bit) ...
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Is it ethical to use already existing material to complement teaching?

As background, I have a MSc in Chemical Engineering, and I am currently teaching in one of the first Fachhochschule-type institutes that have been established in my country. This institute stands as ...
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Is it plagiarism to use an online tutorial as the basis for completing a programming assignment?

Let's suppose that you were assigned a programming project, which is considered from your teacher/professor, not easy. However, you manage to find an online tutorial, that guides you step-by-step ...
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Results published by others first in parallel. Is my work still publishable?

I am a college student who worked on a small problem in applied mathematics for two years. I recently get together some results that could be sent to publish. However when I am finishing my draft I ...
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advisor seems to have taken my work

I'm a PhD student, and my advisor published what appears to be the theoretical frame I came up with for my dissertation as a standalone paper with some other people (not me). It seems (to me, though ...
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What Plagiarism level of master thesis is acceptable?

I am checking plagiarism of my master thesis. It comes out 32 percent. So upto what level of plagiarism is accepted? My master thesis is on the topic of homomorphic encryption in Cloud and I uses ...
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Is it okay for professors to completely copy another professors' notes, assignments, and exam questions word for word from another university? [duplicate]

I have a professor who used the same lecture notes, same assignments, and same exam questions word for word from from another professor at a different university (who posts his notes, assignments, and ...
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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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Should I be careful who I share my unpublished results with?

If I have a very good result, should I share it with an academic (Professor) from another part of the world who is an expert in the subject, but whom I have never met? I’m interested in collaboration,...
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I reported plagiarism to a questionable journal. How long should I give them to amend?

I recently sent the following letter to a journal of questionable reputation: To whom it may concern: In the [Journal Redacted], in the paper titled [Paper Redacted] by [Authors Redacted], the ...
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How to cite software used to produce data/images?

I have made a building model in an energy simulation software tool. I have taken a screenshot from this model and I want to publish it in my thesis. I'm not sure if citing the software is necessary or ...
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What else can I do if a journal editor ignores my report of plagiarism?

I am now drafting a complaint letter to the editor-in-chief of a technical journal, against an act of plagiarism committed by a famous researcher in my field. This researcher is apparently aware of my ...
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May they delay for a long time the decision of a submitted manuscript of someone that already sent a paper which didn't pass plagiarism check?

As I already shared in this question, I have submitted a paper in January of the last year to a high-rank journal and they decided on my paper with reject and resubmit. I worked very very hard and ...
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Is it plagiarism to hire a freelance programmer for an assignment but change a lot of it before you submit it?

I took freelancer tutor help for a Python programming coursework during my MS but did not submit the exact code he gave, I refracted it and changed a lot of it. Is it considered plagiarism? I am ...
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Is it self-plagiarism to reuse some parts of my published thesis in my new journal paper? [duplicate]

I have finished my PhD thesis a couple of months ago and I was thinking of reusing some parts of it (only published in the thesis) to write a journal article. I was wondering if I can do it "literally"...
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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 ...