Of Blockchains, Blogs and Plagiarisms…

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 21, 2016 9:46:23 AM


Blockchain, a technology most commonly associated with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is a distributed database that’s designed to preserve the integrity over the overall database despite it being publicly available.

The idea is that, as items are added to the database, they are added as blocks to the chain (hence the name) and then are encrypted and distributed to the entire network so they can be read but not altered as any tampering would break the chain. 


InterAcademy Partnership Releases Revised Guide for Responsible Research

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

On February 11, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) released its new guide on research ethics called “Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise”. 

Doing Global Science aims to help researchers from across the globe avoid ethical issues that could limit the reach of their research. The guide covers every part of the research process starting with the planning and preparing phase all the way to communicating the outcome with the public. Along the way, it discusses falsification, plagiarism and even informed consent in research projects.


Trump Institute Plagiarism Scandal

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Donald Trump has become one of the most polarizing figures in American politics. Constantly beset by controversy, Trump’s colorful past has become the source of a great deal of scrutiny by both his opponents and his supporters.

However, little of Trump’s enterprises have generated more controversy than Trump University. The non-accredited school has been the subject of several lawsuits with many students saying that the school took their money but failed to live up to promises that were made.


Turning the Tide on Fake PhDs in Russia

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 1, 2016 2:15:39 PM

Back in January, we took a look at the issue of fake PhDs in Russia and the struggle that was faced by academics in the country trying to address the problem.

The news was not good. An anti-plagiarism group named Dissernet had exposed over 3,500 falsified theses, over five per day since it began work, and the new cases were still coming. Thesis plagiarism, it seemed, was just too well-entrenched into the Russian political process and it would be honest academics and students in the country who would pay the biggest price.


Battling Piracy in Academic Publishing

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 11, 2016 9:33:11 AM
Last year, we took a look at a lawsuit that was filed by publisher Elsevier against several sites, the most prominent of which were Library Genesis and Sci-Hub.

Both Library Genesis and Sci-Hub make paywalled research papers available for free to users both through direct download of already-accessed works through EDU proxies that allow them to download any paper not in their library.

When Self-Publishing and Academic Ethics Collide

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 6, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In July 2014, Owen Roberts was appointed the Superintendent of Alachua County Public Schools. The Florida school district, which includes Gainesville, is responsible for about 28,000 students and operates 41 schools.

However, the same month he received his appointment, Roberts self-published a book entitled A Framework for Improving School Systems in the 21st Century. Over the past year and a half, he’s not only proudly sold the book online, both digitally and in print, but he has given out copies to others, including Florida Governor Rick Scott.


Do Famous Authors Get Special Treatment?

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on May 3, 2016 10:17:29 AM

Though not well known in the United States, Margaret Wente is a prominent conservative columnist in Canada. Her regular column with The Globe and Mail has been a fixture at the paper since 1992 and she also makes regular TV and radio appearances.


The Strange Case of the New York Daily News Plagiarism Scandal

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

For a moment, it seemed as if Shaun King would be yet another beloved reporter condemned by plagiarism.

On April 19th, King published an article on the New York Daily News on Elliot Earl Williams, a mentally ill man who died in an Oklahoma jail. However, The Daily Beast quickly noticed that the article bore an uncanny resemblance to an article published on their site covering the same case.


Amid Chaos Comes Allegations of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 25, 2016 9:58:20 AM

Appa Rao Podile

The University of Hyderabad and its vice-chancellor, Appa Rao Podile, have been in the news a great deal lately. Unfortunately, not much of it has been positive.

In recent months, protests on the campus have erupted following the suicide of a campus scholar that is widely blamed on the school’s administration and caste discrimination.

In January, as the protests reached a climax, Podile took a “long leave” from the campus in an effort to help to restore calm. However, when he returned in March, the protests flared up anew and led to clashes between protesters and police.


The Emotional Toll of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 6, 2016 11:30:41 AM

Author Eilis O’Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon is a journalist and author based in Northern Ireland. She, along with her partner, Ian McConnell, wrote under the pseudonym Ingrid Black, and published four crime drama novels: The Dead, which achieved widespread success, as well as the three sequels to the book The Dark Eye, The Judas Heart and Circle of the Dead.

The stories focused on a former FBI agent named Saxon who was living in Dublin and working as a true-crime author, solving very real crimes along the way. But while the story of a crime novelist having to investigate real-life crime makes for great fiction, it became a true story for O’Hanlon after she discovered her novel was being plagiarized on Amazon by a mysterious author named “Joanne Clancy”.