Plagiarism Detection for HR & Marketing Departments

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 3, 2012 9:58:00 AM

hiring plagiarismOnce it’s published, it’s permanent. This statement was made back in 2008 in a Columbia Journalism Review piece titled “Scrubbing Away their Sins” and it still holds true today. Jack Shafer referred to the same thing in his recent Reuters article on the NPR decision to remove Ahmad Shafi’s article from their website after duplicate content was discovered via a plagiarism check by one of their readers.

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Tagged:  Technology




NPR Plagiarism Case: International Journalistic Ethics Questioned

Posted by David Rothschild on Jul 26, 2012 4:06:00 AM

npr-logoPlagiarism is described in NPR’s writer policies as the “unforgivable sin” of journalism, but their reaction to an instance of plagiarism from one of their own interns this past week shows that nothing in the media is ever black and white. Ahmad Shafi, an intern who up until a few months ago was serving on the Kabul bureau for NPR as a fixer and translator, copied, pasted, and only slightly modified sixty-eight words from a story written in 2001 by Jason Burke- a clear case of plagiarism.

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Tagged:  International




Chicago Tribune Terminates Journatic Agreement After Plagiarism Discovery

Posted by David Rothschild on Jul 19, 2012 10:38:00 AM

Plagiarism in journalism is nothing new, but it’s rare that the integrity of a newsroom as large and respected as the Chicago Tribune is questioned. On July 13th, the revered Windy City periodical ended their relationship with Journatic, an outsourced news agency, after discovering that quotes from both the Deerfield Review and Patch.com had been used in Tribune articles in the month of June. In a statement released Friday morning, the Tribune stated that it will now rely on its regular staff and “trusted freelancers” to provide the local news Journatic had been supplying them with.

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Tagged:  Current Events




Scientific World Journal Takes Action After Thomson Reuters Exclusion

Posted by David Rothschild on Jul 12, 2012 4:10:00 AM

citation self promotionIn 2011, The Scientific World Journal was excluded from the annual Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports for being an accomplice in a ‘citation cartel.’  Phil Davis over at the Scholarly Kitchen first uncovered evidence against the Scientific World Journal for excessive self-citation practices along with two other journals that shared common board members: Cell Transplantation and Medical Science Monitor.

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Tagged:  Current Events




“Correcting the Literature”: Self-Plagiarism and Retractions

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jun 29, 2012 9:17:00 AM

cope-logo-publication-ethicsTwo topics from the latest issue of the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) newsletter, “Ethical Editing” resonated with me -- self-plagiarism and retractions. Since the iThenticate blog has covered both of these topics in depth this past year, I wanted to share some new and additional perspectives on these topics with our readers. Thanks go out to COPE for their permission to share their insights concerning ethical writing!

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Tagged:  Resources




Renowned Writer Jonah Lehrer Accused of Self-Plagiarism

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jun 22, 2012 10:16:00 AM

duplication-self-plagiarismSelf-plagiarism has been an elusive subject for many. How can one steal material from oneself? Jonah Lehrer is an excellent example of how a writer can fall into this plagiaristic behavior. Mr. Lehrer is a renowned author who has published in Wired, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker. He had recently taken a position of staff writer at the New Yorker (Silverman, 2012).

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Tagged:  Current Events




Interview: What Researchers & Journals Can Do to Prevent Self-plagiarism

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jun 18, 2012 3:27:00 PM

We recently caught up with plagiarism expert, Jonathan Bailey of CopyByte and Plagiarism Today. Bailey provides consultation to writers, attorneys, researchers and anyone who needs advice on plagiarism, content theft and copyright issues. In this interview, Jason Chu of iThenticate asks Bailey about his thoughts on the repercussions of self-plagiarism, and how it can be avoided.

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Nigerian High Court Jurisdiction challenged in Sanusi Plagiarism Case

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 7, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Governor Lamido SanusitThe Nigerian High Court this week set a date to hear plagiarism charges levied against Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The charges are being brought forward by a Nigerian lecturer in the United States, Professor Victor Dike of the School of Engineering and Technology at the National University of Sacramento in California. Dike, the founder of California’s Centre for Social Justice and Human Development, claims that Sanusi plagiarized his material in lectures on two different occasions.

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Tagged:  International, Legal




Romanian Education and Research Minister Accused of Plagiarism

Posted by David Rothschild on May 31, 2012 9:28:00 AM

romania ioan mangYet another case of plagiarism surfaced in European politics recently, when Romania’s newly appointed Education and Research Minister Ioan Mang was accused of copying the work of others in several of his academic papers. This latest incident follows closely on the heels of the resignation of Hungarian President Pal Schmidtt, and is barely a year removed from the plagiarism scandal that forced German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg out of office.

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Tagged:  International




Political Plagiarism Continues to be Ammunition for Opposing Parties

Posted by David Rothschild on May 24, 2012 10:04:00 AM

political plagiarismIn this age of political hostility and partisan sniping, it’s difficult to tell which news you hear is accurate and which is merely one side trying to discredit the other. It’s difficult to find a time in US history when two parties have been so far apart in their ideologies. Ammunition for both parties now regularly includes digging up instances of plagiarism from the past to discredit opposing political candidates.  Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren found out recently that old and irrelevant publications could come back to hurt her.

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Tagged:  Current Events