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The plague of plagiarism in an online world

The plague of plagiarism in an online world Purpose – The paper aims to focus on a long standing, but increasingly problematic, occurrence in academic writing and publishing – plagiarism. Design/methodology/approach – This is an opinion piece based on the current situation in academic publishing, particularly in the online environment. Findings – Plagiarism has been common among generations of students in secondary and tertiary education and the situation has not improved. Many tertiary institutions almost never make a forceful response to cases of plagiarism for fear of litigation. “Litigation‐creep” has spread, with universities regularly adopting avoidance measures rather than tackling the issue head‐on. Originality/value – The paper offers the view that it is now an opportune time for all involved in research and writing, editing and publishing to look seriously at the issue of plagiarism, and to create clearly and fully articulated protocols regarding the nature, context and penalty for plagiarism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Online Information Review Emerald Publishing

The plague of plagiarism in an online world

Online Information Review , Volume 32 (3): 5 – Jun 20, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1468-4527
DOI
10.1108/14684520810889637
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Abstract

Purpose – The paper aims to focus on a long standing, but increasingly problematic, occurrence in academic writing and publishing – plagiarism. Design/methodology/approach – This is an opinion piece based on the current situation in academic publishing, particularly in the online environment. Findings – Plagiarism has been common among generations of students in secondary and tertiary education and the situation has not improved. Many tertiary institutions almost never make a forceful response to cases of plagiarism for fear of litigation. “Litigation‐creep” has spread, with universities regularly adopting avoidance measures rather than tackling the issue head‐on. Originality/value – The paper offers the view that it is now an opportune time for all involved in research and writing, editing and publishing to look seriously at the issue of plagiarism, and to create clearly and fully articulated protocols regarding the nature, context and penalty for plagiarism.

Journal

Online Information ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 20, 2008

Keywords: Research; Publishing; Academic staff; Students

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