When it comes to plagiarism in academic or scholarly work, it’s easy to think of plagiarism as being primarily a student problem.
However, plagiarism remains a problem long after many scientists, doctors and researchers graduate and those problems seem to be increasing. For example, a recent study in medical research found that retractions are up 10 fold in the past 20 years and that over a quarter of that growth has been due to plagiarism and duplication issues.
While it’s easy to think that researchers actively in the field should know better, it’s become obvious that many do not and the routine nature with which papers are retracted due to plagiarism is, at times, breathtaking.
To help understand the issue of plagiarism in research, iThenticate, a company that is owned by iParadigms, which also owns Turnitin, recently surveyed some 334 research scientists from 50 countries. iThenticate presented the scientists with 10 different types of plagiarism and asked them to rank the plagiarism based upon how common they were and how serious they were.
(Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for iThenticate and also helped on this project.)
The findings of the survey were interesting and shine a light on the challenges researchers, publishers and others in the research field are facing when it comes to plagiarism while, at the same time, raising some great questions about how to reduce the amount of plagiarism that is encountered.Continue Reading