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ERIC Number: EJ786621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-1
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Plagiarism and Other Sins Seem Rife in Science Journals, a Digital Sleuth Finds
Guterman, Lila
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n21 pA9 Feb 2008
Faculty members gnash their teeth and wring their hands when students plagiarize. They cry for offenders to be punished. But now an online text-search program directed at their own work suggests that professors in biomedicine may be just as guilty of paper-writing sins. More than 70,000 article abstracts appeared disturbingly similar to other published work when scanned by a new search program, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center report in the current issue of Nature. The researchers examined 2,600 of these abstracts by hand and found 73 instances of what appears to be outright plagiarism: one author stealing another's work. Many more examples existed that looked like double publishing, in which a researcher publishes identical papers in different journals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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