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Article: Text-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Writing: What Chinese Supervisors Think About Copying and How to Reduce it in Students' Writing

TitleText-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Writing: What Chinese Supervisors Think About Copying and How to Reduce it in Students' Writing
Authors
KeywordsChinese scientists
Supervisors
Text-based plagiarism
Textual borrowing
Writing for publication
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. 2, p. 569-583 How to Cite?
AbstractText-based plagiarism, or textual copying, typically in the form of replicating or patchwriting sentences in a row from sources, seems to be an issue of growing concern among scientific journal editors. Editors have emphasized that senior authors (typically supervisors of science students) should take the responsibility for educating novices against text-based plagiarism. To address a research gap in the literature as to how scientist supervisors perceive the issue of textual copying and what they do in educating their students, this paper reports an interview study with 14 supervisors at a research-oriented Chinese university. The study throws light on the potentiality of senior authors mentoring novices in English as an Additional Language (EAL) contexts and has implications for the efforts that can be made in the wider scientific community to support scientists in writing against text-based plagiarism. © 2011 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/147129
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.454
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.372
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dc.identifier.citationScience And Engineering Ethics, 2013, v. 19 n. 2, p. 569-583en_HK
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dc.description.abstractText-based plagiarism, or textual copying, typically in the form of replicating or patchwriting sentences in a row from sources, seems to be an issue of growing concern among scientific journal editors. Editors have emphasized that senior authors (typically supervisors of science students) should take the responsibility for educating novices against text-based plagiarism. To address a research gap in the literature as to how scientist supervisors perceive the issue of textual copying and what they do in educating their students, this paper reports an interview study with 14 supervisors at a research-oriented Chinese university. The study throws light on the potentiality of senior authors mentoring novices in English as an Additional Language (EAL) contexts and has implications for the efforts that can be made in the wider scientific community to support scientists in writing against text-based plagiarism. © 2011 The Author(s).en_HK
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dc.rightsThe Author(s)en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong Licenseen_US
dc.subjectChinese scientistsen_HK
dc.subjectSupervisorsen_HK
dc.subjectText-based plagiarismen_HK
dc.subjectTextual borrowingen_HK
dc.subjectWriting for publicationen_HK
dc.titleText-Based Plagiarism in Scientific Writing: What Chinese Supervisors Think About Copying and How to Reduce it in Students' Writingen_HK
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