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Simply put plagiarism is an act of stealing every

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Simply put, plagiarism is an act of stealing . Every culture in the world disapproves of stealing. Nobody expects even experts to know everything in their field. Nobel Prize-winning scientists produce results backed by other researchers and they produce analyses backed by other researchers. The “backing” is found in their use of citations. Acknowledging the source(s) of one’s ideas and information is the honorable thing to do.
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What are the consequences of plagiarism on the job? An author who plagiarizes on the job will be fired. The author’s co-authors will be fired, too: they also signed the report. Although their primary responsibility is toward the portions of the report that reflect their specialization, their signature on the article indicates that have read the entire article and agree with it . The author’s boss may be fired, too. Managers are supposed to know what their employees are doing.
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What are the consequences of plagiarism for others? Plagiarized work hurts the reputation of the company that produced the work and makes the entire company seem untrustworthy. In publishing, the reputation of the entire editorial staff is suspect, as is the journal itself. Nobody wants to publish in a journal that publishes cheaters. the work is untrustworthy and thus useless for research purposes. Nobody wants to buy a journal that publishes cheaters the work is untrustworthy and thus useless for research purposes.
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In summary. . . When reading an article, keep in mind an author’s expertise in the subject. But just because an author is an expert doesn’t necessarily mean the statements made are true, but it does increase the likelihood that they will be. But just because an author is not an expert doesn’t necessarily mean the statements made are false , but it does increase the need for readers to be more skeptical about the statements made.
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In summary. . . Ask yourself if the article has been evaluated by other experts in the field. Peer review increases the likelihood that statements made in the article are true. Journals with outstanding reputations have outstanding reputations for a reason: the truth of the articles they publish. But peer review does not eliminate the possibility that a published report may have false or misleading information, or that parts of the report were stolen from other authors.
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In summary. . . If the article was not written by an expert, ask yourself if there are ways of checking the truth of statements made. If you find that information stated in the report is written word-for-word by other sources, that may indicate a single origin for the information, not that multiple authors have independently arrived at the same conclusion. If you find that information stated in the report is written word-for-word in one other source, and that the report you read does not cite that source, then the report you are reading has plagiarized the other source.
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