Text-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Publishing: Issues, Developments and Education

TitleText-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Publishing: Issues, Developments and Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLi, Y
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination1241 - 1254
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsAutomated , education , English , plagiarism , Text-based
AbstractText-based plagiarism, or copying language from sources, has recently become an issue of growing concern in scientific publishing. Use of CrossCheck (a computational text-matching tool) by journals has sometimes exposed an unexpected amount of textual similarity between submissions and databases of scholarly literature. In this paper I provide an overview of the relevant literature, to examine how journal gatekeepers perceive textual appropriation, and how automated plagiarism-screening tools have been developed to detect text matching, with the technique now available for self-check of manuscripts before submission; I also discuss issues around English as an additional language (EAL) authors and in particular EAL novices being the typical offenders of textual borrowing. The final section of the paper proposes a few educational directions to take in tackling text-based plagiarism, highlighting the roles of the publishing industry, senior authors and English for academic purposes professionals.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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