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Article: Text-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Publishing: Issues, Developments and Education

TitleText-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Publishing: Issues, Developments and Education
Authors
KeywordsAutomated text-matching
English as an additional language (EAL) authors
Novice scientists
Text-based plagiarism
Issue Date2013
PublisherOpragen Publications. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.opragen.co.uk/
Citation
Science And Engineering Ethics, 2013, v. 19 n. 3, p. 1241-1254 How to Cite?
AbstractText-based plagiarism, or copying language from sources, has recently become an issue of growing concern in scientific publishing. Use of CrossCheck (a computational text-matching tool) by journals has sometimes exposed an unexpected amount of textual similarity between submissions and databases of scholarly literature. In this paper I provide an overview of the relevant literature, to examine how journal gatekeepers perceive textual appropriation, and how automated plagiarism-screening tools have been developed to detect text matching, with the technique now available for self-check of manuscripts before submission; I also discuss issues around English as an additional language (EAL) authors and in particular EAL novices being the typical offenders of textual borrowing. The final section of the paper proposes a few educational directions to take in tackling text-based plagiarism, highlighting the roles of the publishing industry, senior authors and English for academic purposes professionals. © 2012 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/147114
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.372
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dc.description.abstractText-based plagiarism, or copying language from sources, has recently become an issue of growing concern in scientific publishing. Use of CrossCheck (a computational text-matching tool) by journals has sometimes exposed an unexpected amount of textual similarity between submissions and databases of scholarly literature. In this paper I provide an overview of the relevant literature, to examine how journal gatekeepers perceive textual appropriation, and how automated plagiarism-screening tools have been developed to detect text matching, with the technique now available for self-check of manuscripts before submission; I also discuss issues around English as an additional language (EAL) authors and in particular EAL novices being the typical offenders of textual borrowing. The final section of the paper proposes a few educational directions to take in tackling text-based plagiarism, highlighting the roles of the publishing industry, senior authors and English for academic purposes professionals. © 2012 The Author(s).en_HK
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dc.subjectAutomated text-matchingen_HK
dc.subjectEnglish as an additional language (EAL) authorsen_HK
dc.subjectNovice scientistsen_HK
dc.subjectText-based plagiarismen_HK
dc.titleText-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Publishing: Issues, Developments and Educationen_HK
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