Plagiarism in Science Research Is Often Ignored, Studies Find

“Shock. Denial. Disbelief. Sadness. Regret. Embarrassment. Those, according to a commentary published today in Science magazine, are some of the reactions from both scientists and science journals when they are found to be involved in cases of potential plagiarism. The commentary was offered by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, who used a computer-based text-searching tool to analyze millions of randomly selected research abstracts. The analysis of Medline, a database of biomedical research articles, found 9,120 entries ‘with high levels of citation similarity and no overlapping authors,’ including 212 pairs of articles ‘with signs of potential plagiarism,’ the researchers wrote …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 March]

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