Plagiarism in the work of a Scientist

Plagiarism in the work of a Scientist

 

Future First Lady, Melania Trump (left), and the current First-Lady of The United States, Michelle Obama (right), pictured side by side after scandal arose that Trumps speech was speculated to have been plagiarized. This picture is the property of CNN,
Future First Lady, Melania Trump (left), and the current First-Lady of The United States, Michelle Obama (right), pictured side by side after scandal arose that parts of Trumps speech were speculated to have been plagiarized. This picture is the property of CNN.

Plagiarism in the work of a scientist, young student, or future First Lady of the United States is just wrong. It is also theft, lying, and impersonation at its highest degree. Plagiarism is not simply a matter of taking what someone wrote and writing the same thing, but a matter of personal integrity.

When one plagiarizes they put their entire reputation on the line.  A reputation can take years to rebuild because of one mistake, and in the eyes of many others the opportunity to build a new reputation is gone. Additionally, one sacrifices the reputation of their work and the company that they work for.

Communication Scientist, often with the title of journalist or technical writers or novelist or simply scholars in a particular field of study,  are shunned in their communities for plagiarism. Every company has writers in some capacity, but not one company wants to be associated with plagiarism. It is difficult to gain trust anyway, but when there are professional fabricators (plagiarist) at a company, it becomes all the more difficult for customers to trust the entire company. Henceforth, a scientist who plagiarizes will not be a scientist for very long. They can often become known for being a professional fabricator and may lose their job and credibility in an entire field.

For plagiarist, they may never be able to work as writers again. They will almost certainly never work in any form of media which includes: magazines, broadcast news, or newspapers. It is important to remember that journalism is not just breaking news or politics, but it can be scholarly columns written in specialty magazines. Which means that writing well and honestly should matter to everyone as your voice has the potential to be heard on many different platforms.

Often times the only hope for plagiarist is to change their entire field. Nevertheless, when a person intentionally and blatantly plagiarizes it is essentially saying that their own voice does not matter, and that’s not much hope at all.


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