SFSailor: Heh. Doesn't surprise me that it's Harvard, but it's everywhere.CSB:I have a pile of journal articles whose only common characteristic is a specific co-author, a Harvard professor: Each one has significant chunks of plagiarized material. I discovered the plagiarist after noticing an initial giant chunk of plagiarized material in a newly published article, on which that researcher was first author, as it had ripped off something to which I had contributed. For that one, I managed to get the journal to retract it and formally apologize. Annoyed, I dug up the researcher's history and googled away and found solid evidence of a long-standing consistent pattern of plagiarism. I can't decide if I want to send it somewhere and ruin the researcher's life (or, possibly worse, risk being appalled at an utter lack of response)... unfortunately, indecision and Life got in the way, so it's been a few years. Seems like the researcher's career hasn't gone anywhere, so it almost seems petty to piss on them, but anybody know anybody at Harvard who would actually give a shiat?/ why, yes, plagiarism bugs the hell out of me, as does the growing trend of not caring about it
windstrider: lennavan: The Jami Turman Fan Club: windstrider: I Then there are the ones who think they're being clever by taking bits and pieces from different sources and mixing them all together.I'm not even sure this is inappropriate. If I look up a word in the dictionary, I'm not going to cite the dictionary. If I say so-and-so was born in 1932, why should I need to cite it?If i'm just using generally accepted facts, why should it need a citation? And what is the point in rephrasing it 'in my own words'?You think windstrider is talking about students who are taking single words from various sources?Thank you. By "bits and pieces" I meant whole sentences.And then there was the one who copied a chapter out of a book that could be found on Google books. She rearranged various sections, but it was nearly a word-for-word copy of the original. She didn't try to fight that accusation. Some do, even when presented with the proof. The worst offender worked for the university. Another student ratted her out by telling me that she was buying papers from other students. I wish I had the proof to make that accusation.
The Jami Turman Fan Club: windstrider: I Then there are the ones who think they're being clever by taking bits and pieces from different sources and mixing them all together.I'm not even sure this is inappropriate. If I look up a word in the dictionary, I'm not going to cite the dictionary. If I say so-and-so was born in 1932, why should I need to cite it?If i'm just using generally accepted facts, why should it need a citation? And what is the point in rephrasing it 'in my own words'?
SFSailor: This text is now purple: I often appreciate copied methods sections. That way I don't have to try to root up the original, which was invariably published in some arcane, defunct, NATO conference held in Turkey, which no library seems to have archived.Sure, then cite it, introduce it and put quotes around it. Or at least cite it. I'm talking about full paragraphs lifted completely without attribution, including not even attributing the original in the references *at*all*.
SFSailor: Some didn't cite it, and didn't cite the original publication or any of the subsequent uses. This is clearly plagiarism.If you want to use "peanut butter and jelly", then you need to say, "My preferred sandwich, as originally described by Dr. Breadstuffin, consists of 'peanut butter and jelly'."Or come up with a new way of saying it. "The proper ratio of jelly combined with peanut butter, when placed between two slices of bread, is delicious."
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