Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

: 2019  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-

Plagiarism – An artistic way of “MIMICKING”

Anil Melath 
 President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology, Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahe, Puducherry, India

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Anil Melath
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology, Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahe, Puducherry

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Melath A. Plagiarism – An artistic way of “MIMICKING”.J Indian Soc Periodontol 2019;23:3-3

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Periodontology, today, is brimming with knowledge due to enhanced access to the ample source of information which is available online. While this has positively influenced our post graduate training, it may have also, led us to a contingency. With this escalation in information, the likelihood of its misuse is also inevitable. The inclination towards copying or stealing someone's ideas and concepts or to “plagiarize” has been on the rise. Plagiarism is one of the growing issues in the academic world. It does, indeed, result in a substantial deviation from a good research practice.

It is indeed, disconcerting to note that many times the importance of abstaining from plagiarism has been neglected in our professional training. Good research practice entails knowing the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors relating to research, such as the unacceptability of fabricating or tampering with data or results. If our students have not been taught this, part of the blame must fall on our shoulders as their teachers. It is our obligation and commitment to uphold the dignity of our profesion. This imperative principle of academic life should be imprinted both in the student's as well as in the guide's conscience.

It is unfortunate that in India, the post graduate training focuses almost entirely on the clinical aspects and oversee the research facet. The last moment acceptance of plagiarized work by the respective guides leads to poor quality of published and misleading evidence. Plagiarism is when the literature adopted in the article is not appreciated well. Criticisms of plagiarism can be dodged by simply citing the source of the information and providing necessary details to the readers to find the source.

One of the hallmarks of a progressive civilization is recognizing the natural rights of others and achieving coexistence in harmony. The desire to do good research should come from within, and not just be a perfunctory requirement for meeting the criteria of post graduation. Therefore my sincere advice for all is to be novel and truthful to yourself. With that in mind, let us all work our way towards a good and an ethical research practice.

On behalf of the Indian Society of Periodontology and all its office bearers, I would like to wish each and every one of you all a happy and prosperous 2019!