Plagiarism in Medical Research

The medical research community is faced with plagiarism and misconduct issues that threaten the integrity of scholarly research and publishing, as well as medical practices.

Growing evidence shows that plagiarism in submitted materials hampers dissemination of legitimate findings, threatening the integrity of the research and publishing community. Medical research organizations and scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers are implementing safeguards like plagiarism software to inhibit:

  • Blatant research plagiarism, which may also be linked with fabrication, falsification and fraud
  • Duplication and self-plagiarism
  • Grant misconduct
  • Improper patient treatment


We haven’t had to retract anything since we started using iThenticate.


- K. Mitchell, Journal Publications Director, Landes Bioscience

Recommended Reading

Rising Tide of Plagiarism and Misconduct in Medical Research (PDF)

This report features exclusive insight from STM publisher Landes Bioscience, wherein one of its journal rejected 221 article submissions for plagiarism in 2012 alone; of these, nearly one in five contained more than 40% plagiarized material. 

Industry Interviews

Medical Research Organizations Using Plagiarism Detection Software

Here is a look at medical research organizations that trust iThenticate to keep their medical research free from plagiarism.

  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mayo Clinic
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • George Washington University Medical Center
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Tufts Medical Center