Plagiarism is an act that has the ability to drastically reduce the credibility of an individual, especially scientists. To plagiarize is to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own: use (another’s production) without crediting the source (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). When scientists conduct research and then publish findings and other material, it is necessary for them to give credit where credit is due. If a publication or piece of work is original, then sourcing is not necessary. But when material is not original and has been found by someone else, then that individual should receive credit for their findings and the work should be cited, All individuals deserve credit for their work and findings, especially if it is going to be used in another individuals’ publication or work.
For me, the act of plagiarism is considered unethical in the field of science. Scientists are known for their research and should be rewarded for their findings. If one scientist portrays an idea as his or her own when the idea is someone else’, then they are committing to the act of plagiarism. When plagiarism happens, it can drastically affect one’s credibility. Scientists build credibility on research and published findings through their work. The moment they commit an act of plagiarism has the potential to ruin their career and completely strip them of their credibility.
A blog written by Tommaso Dorigo gives another perspective on the topic of plagiarism. I agree with many of the things stated in the blog and it is a good way to get another idea about the consequences and effects plagiarism can have in regards to the work of a scientist. Tommaso’s blog can be found at:
Individuals, especially scientists, need to give credit to those who deserve it. Giving credit by sourcing material does not make an individual look any less smart, actually, it may make them look better if you ask me because it shows that they have don’t their research.
Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Plagiarize | Definition of Plagiarize by Merriam-Webster. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize