Plagiarism: Words and ideas

Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (3):311-322 (2008)
Plagiarism is a crime against academy. It deceives readers, hurts plagiarized authors, and gets the plagiarist undeserved benefits. However, even though these arguments do show that copying other people’s intellectual contribution is wrong, they do not apply to the copying of words. Copying a few sentences that contain no original idea (e.g. in the introduction) is of marginal importance compared to stealing the ideas of others. The two must be clearly distinguished, and the ‘plagiarism’ label should not be used for deeds which are very different in nature and importance.
Keywords Academic dishonesty  Academic integrity  Academic misconduct  Cheating  Copyright infringement  Ethics  Intellectual property  Research misconduct
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-008-9057-6
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