Plagiarism is using someone else’s text, ideas or results, without attribution, implying they are your own. While this can occur accidentally, plagiarism is done with an intent to deceive. The aim is the acquisition of scientific credit, publication credit, and ultimately to garner prestige and promotion. Self-plagiarism, the reuse of ideas and text from one’s own previous work, if referenced, is usually not a problem, especially if it appears in the materials and methods section of a series of papers reporting on a program of research. The antidote to plagiarism is citing sources and listing references. When you are not sure, cite.
KeywordsPlagiarism Second-language writing
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