Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

: 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 483-

Plagiarism: An academic concern

Subhashish Das 
 Department of Pathology, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Sri Devaraj Urs University, Kolar, Karnataka, India

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Subhashish Das
C/O Department of Pathology, Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Tamaka, Kolar, Karnataka

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Plagiarism or stealing from genuine contribution of others and passing them as one's own is a growing menace.[1] At the same time, plagiarism detection overdrive can put under stress even honest researchers due to concerns about committing plagiarism unwittingly.

The issue has come up as an important topic for discussion in academic circles. Tool for detecting plagiarism is still in its infancy, and an acceptable mechanism to detect it is yet to reach a consensus.[2] Plagiarism is a serious breach of publication ethics.[3]

Plagiarism involves using another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving adequate credit.[4] Increasing instances of plagiarism may be due to pressure to publish among students and faculty or lack of integrity. Reviewers and editors of journals usually check for plagiarism.[5] However, no system is foolproof, and the onus lies squarely on the authors. Plagiarism detection software too may have limitations as brought out in the editorial.

Few tips to prevent plagiarism are: taking sufficient time to complete the work and grasp the core concepts for paraphrasing, avoiding the temptation to “copy-paste,” refraining from duplicate and salami publication, and learning how to cite references.

It is important to create awareness among the scientific writers toward what constitutes academic misconduct and plagiarism. Universities should conduct a sensitization program for researchers to highlight the consequences of plagiarism. Serious efforts must be made to inculcate the virtues of sound knowledge, scientific curiosity, and ethical conduct.[6]

Recently, there has been a “mushrooming growth” of predatory journals which do not have any scientific values as they follow unethical publication practices.[7]

The entire academic fraternity should join hands, pool their resources, and strive collectively to combat this menace to ensure credibility of research publications.[8],[9]


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