Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 217–232 | Cite as

Academic Plagiarism: Explanatory Factors from Students’ Perspective

  • Rubén Comas-ForgasEmail author
  • Jaume Sureda-Negre


The study of academic plagiarism among university students is at an embryonic stage in Spain and in the other Spanish-speaking countries. This article reports the results of a research, carried out in a medium-sized Spanish university, based on a double method approach—quantitative and qualitative—concerning the factors associated with academic plagiarism from the students’ perspective. The main explanatory factors of the phenomenon, according to the results obtained, are: a) aspects and behaviour of students (bad time management, personal shortcomings when preparing assignments, the elevated number of assignments to be handed in, etc.); b) the opportunities conferred by information and communication technologies to locate, copy and paste information; and, finally, c) aspects related to professors-lecturers and/or the characteristics of the subject-course (lecturers who show no interest in their work, eminently theoretical subjects and assignments, etc.).


Academic plagiarism Higher education University students Academic honesty 



This article was written in the framework of the Research project financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Spanish Government (MCI), entitled “El ciberplagio entre el alumnado universitario”, with reference SEJ2006-10413. The authors are grateful to the MCI for the support received. Authors also want to thank Dr. Miguel Roig for his suggestions and style correction done on the document.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PedagogyBalearic Islands UniversityPalma de MallorcaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Applied PedagogyBalearic Islands UniversityPalma de MallorcaSpain

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