Plagiarism in Scientific Work

Plagiarism in Scientific Work

Plagiarism (the act of stealing another’s words or ideas without proper citation) in scientific works is a serious concern.  Not only does this reflect poorly on the individual responsible, it also offers no value to the scientific community.  The purpose of scientific research and writings are to increase knowledge on a specific topic. If the work is strictly plagiarized then there is no added information that would further knowledge; it ultimately becomes a complete waste of the reader’s time.

There are several things you can do in order to avoid plagiarism in your scientific writings. First, make sure you record your sources while doing research. Cite all of your sources and include them all in a references section. Also, try to use multiple sources. Try to read your source information and then paraphrase it in your own words as much as possible. When you are finished with your work, carefully review your document to make sure that everything is properly cited, and that all sources are included. Consider using a plagiarism checker, such as Turnitin or iThenticate, to completely assess your document.

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