The Challenges for Scientists in Avoiding Plagiarism

TitleThe Challenges for Scientists in Avoiding Plagiarism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsFisher, ER, Partin, KM
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Date Published2014
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
KeywordsCITATION , education , ethics , INTERDISCIPLINARY , plagiarism , PUBLICATIONS , RCR , research , Responsible , technical , Universities
AbstractAlthough it might seem to be a simple task for scientists to avoid plagiarism and thereby an allegation of research misconduct, assessment of trainees in the Responsible Conduct of Research and recent findings from the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General regarding plagiarism suggests otherwise. Our experiences at a land–grant academic institution in assisting researchers in avoiding plagiarism are described. We provide evidence from a university–wide multi–disciplinary course that understanding how to avoid plagiarism in scientific writing is more difficult than it might appear, and that a failure to learn the rules of appropriate citation may cause dire consequences. We suggest that new strategies to provide training in avoiding plagiarism are required. 
NotesFisher, E. R. 1; Partin, K. M. 2; Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; 2: Office of the Vice President for Research, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; Issue Info: Nov/Dec2014, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p353; Thesaurus Term: UNIVERSITIES & colleges; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Subject Term: PLAGIARISM; Subject Term: TECHNICAL writing; Subject Term: CITATION indexes; Subject Term: INTERDISCIPLINARY approach in education; Subject Term: PUBLICATIONS; Author-Supplied Keyword: education; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: RCR instruction; Author-Supplied Keyword: research integrity instruction; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible Conduct of Research; NAICS/Industry Codes: 711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611310 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools; Number of Pages: 13p; Illustrations: 2 Charts, 2 Graphs; Document Type: Article