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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 367  

Making sense of science: Sometimes plagiarized, sometimes not!


Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication11-Aug-2015

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Ashish Sham Nichani
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.162564

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My first responsibility as editor is to YOU.. the readers of JISP. Hence, if an author uses somebody else's words or phrases without acknowledging it or by copying and pasting the information from an article on the net and claims it to be original, it constitutes plagiarism. In the earlier days, before the advent of the World Wide Web, plagiarism was sheer hard work in itself. The author had to go to the library personally, read various books and journals, select phrases/paragraphs which were intended to be copied and be part of the manuscript and then re-write/type them in the desired journal format. Phew!

Now, everything is available at the touch of a button. The literature at our disposal is enormous and yes at times we do develop ideas independently and yes at times our ideas do get influenced by the work of other researchers. However, it is imperative to cite the work of our peers; we must acknowledge every source, whether we paraphrase it, summarize it or quote it verbatim.

If your manuscript has been peer-reviewed and published in a journal, its subsequent publication is duplication. If you decide to submit false data knowingly, if you submit data from another author's work, if you falsely claim that your manuscript is original and has not been submitted to or accepted by another journal, if you include a person's name who has not significantly contributed to the study, if you add a person's name who has not reviewed or agreed to the manuscript in its present form, if you omit reference to the work of other authors who had done a similar study prior to yours, if you mislead by making false statements in the copyright form and if you do not disclose conflict of interest, you are creating a potential problem for yourself because the journal may then ask you for an explanation and elaboration.

JISP uses iThenticate, plagiarism detection software to check manuscripts for similarity to other sources. Hence, are there lesser crimes in writing? Can we use the words and works of others? I leave you to think about it, but at the risk of repeating myself I must remind you that we must learn to report science with ethics because after all our work is our reputation!




 

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