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The plagiarism menace

Mahadevan, S (2008) The plagiarism menace. In: Current Science, 94 (5). p. 553.


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With the rapid advancement of science, there has been a phenomenal increase in output in the form of publications in all scientific disciplines, particularly in the biomedical field. Unfortunately, there has also been a concomitant increase in unethical practices that include plagiarism (publishing writings that have substantial overlap in contents with those of others, including verbatim reproduction of the text), duplicate publication (publishing one’s own data already published in another journal), and misrepresentation of data by plain and simple manipulation tantamount to fraud. It does not need superhuman intelligence to realize that such activities are highly wasteful and unethical, and an anathema to everything that science stands for. They have the dubious advantage of temporarily beefing up one’s bio-data and this may be one of the motivating factors that drive those who indulge in such practices. With tenure, grants, and awards on the line, it is a temptation that some may find irresistible. This headache for editors, reviewers, heads of institution and granting agencies has been highlighted in several editorials that have appeared in many journals as well as in newspaper articles.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/15551

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