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Plagiarism in science – a forthcoming MediaWatch moment?

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-10-21


This bit in a report by Nature (doi:10.1038/455715a) on blatant plagiarism (including a 100% word-for-word copy!)caught my attention:

When confronted with their plagiarism, some researchers can be brazen.  One offender, whose paper shared 99% of its text with an earlier report, wrote to Garner: "I seize the opportunity to congratulate [the authors of the original paper] for their previous and fundamental paper — in fact that article inspired our work."

So, how long before some sleazebag tabloid journo, in response to a “please explain” from ABC Media Watch, gives exactly the same phrase with "authors" replaced by "journalists"?

You can view Deja Vu’s rank of biomed plagiarism. Yep, I have to admit, I copied the URL from the Nature article!

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2 Responses to “Plagiarism in science – a forthcoming MediaWatch moment?”

  1. zombinol said

    This bit in a report by Balneus on blatant plagiarism (including a 100% word-for-word copy!) caught my attention:

    When confronted with plagiarism, some bloggers can be brazen. One blogger, whose entry shared 99.9% of its text with an earlier entry from Balenus, is writing to Dave: “I seize the opportunity to congratulate the blog master of the original post for his previous and fundamental entry — in fact that article inspired my comment.”

    So, how long before some sleazebag tabloid blogger, in response to a “please explain” from Balneus, gives exactly the same phrase with “journalists” replaced by “bloggers”?

  2. Dave Bath said

    Zombinol: Knowing your background, I was surprised you didn’t comment on this post.

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