The problem of plagiarism is a major issue and a matter of concern in the scientific world. Naturally it is impossible to write a research paper without using additional material but every respected author should know how to use it properly, how to take someone’s thoughts and correctly reflect them in his own work with proper citation and references.
Plagiarism has its official definition, and not the only one. In short, it is the act of using ideas, plots, text and other intellectual property developed by someone else while claiming it is your original work.
Academic plagiarism is a very serious problem as intellectual property is protected under the government guidelines. Not only copying a complete passage without giving credit to the author, but also improper citation, a lack of quotation marks around a quote, using sentences with only a few words changed and the same structure is considered as intellectual property infringement. If authors use someone’s ideas even with proper credit, the work is deemed to be not original and can be considered as plagiarism.
To avoid plagiarism, authors must provide proper credit when using:
- other people’s ideas, opinions, or theories;
- any information that is not common knowledge (e.g. facts, statistics, graphs, illustrations);
- quotations of other people’s spoken or written words;
- paraphrases of other people’s spoken or written words.
Authors should always follow the rules of properly citing references, acknowledging ideas taken from conferences and formal or informal discussions. References must contain full bibliographic information. Each source cited in the text must be listed in the bibliography. To reproduce copyright-protected graphics or text authors must obtain permission from other authors or publishers.
Plagiarism is always detected. It can be revealed with the naked eye in the works of inexperienced authors. Complex sentences written in a different manner often testify to the fact that they were copied from another source. Discrepancies in style, fonts, text parameters can also indicate plagiarism. The major thing is that plagiarism can be detected electronically.
SciPress uses all the tools the market provides to guarantee the quality of our publications. Thus, all papers are checked through iThenticate anti-plagiarism software from CrossRef. iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. It identifies unoriginal content just in three steps – uploading document, comparing manuscript against the database and producing a report including a Similarity Index.
The use of iThenticate allows SciPress to strictly control the plagiarism issue during the whole publishing process, to prevent misconduct and meet high ethical standards of the scientific society.