For as long as I can remember, the word plagiarism has always been a controversial word in the classroom. Teachers and professors have instilled the fact in our minds that plagiarism is a terrible act and would lead to severe consequences. Although at the time it may go in one ear and out the other, the continued emphasis on plagiarism is truly important for scholars and scientists alike.
It’s important to continue to remain focused on avoiding plagiarism in today’s world because the number of articles, books, and other publications in the academic and scientific world is constantly growing. For example, if you’re writing a research paper, you may think that what you’re saying is original and a completely new thought. However, not doing more research to find out if this is actually true must be done.
An article posted in Science magazine in 2009 shared the reactions of scientists and scientific journals when they were involved with potential plagiarism. These included shock, denial, disbelief, sadness, regret, embarrassment.(Basken, P. 2009) As you can see, it’s truly a situation no scientist or journal wants to experience. What makes it more important for someone publishing a work in today’s field to check for plagiarism is that there’s technology out there that can easily detect when text is similar or even the same.
An interesting take on the damage that can be done is presented by Paul Basken. He claims that plagiarism in the field of science can have serious medical consequences because it could lead a doctor who is investigating a patient’s condition to believe a scientific finding in a journal or publication is more reliable because of its repeated appearance in medical journals. This also can have the same effect on the doctor because more publications about it can lead to he or she being more confident in the information(2009). If an author isn’t aware of their actions when publishing information, there could be severe consequences. It truly comes down to the fact that it all could be avoided by just doing more research about your initial research.
Basken, P. (2009). Plagiarism in Science Research Is Often Ignored, Studies Find. Retrieved November 14, 2016, from http://www.chronicle.com/article/Plagiarism-in-Science-Research/42517