Thursday, July 09, 2009

B - The insider's guide to plagiarism

The insider's guide to plagiarism. Scientific plagiarism—a problem as serious as fraud—has not received all the attention it deserves. Nature Medicine 2009 (15) 707

doi:10.1038/nm0709-707

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v15/n7/full/nm0709-707.html

A little creative writing might be all you need to sail through the financial crisis. Says the author of this editorial on plagiarism, full of humor and sadness at the same time. ..."tweak the data so that the numbers are not identical but remain realistic; and, when you're ready to write it all up, paraphrase the original paper ad libitum. Last, submit your new manuscript to a modest journal in the hopes that the authors of the paper you used as 'inspiration' won't notice your 'tribute' to their work"...The conclusion is that the community needs to set appropriate standards and penalties to fight plagiarism.

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