Plagiarism. Why is it so dangerous for a scientific article?

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In modern scientific space, the concept of plagiarism is referred to as a violation of publication ethics. This phenomenon is absolutely not supported by researchers, reviewers, and journal editors. A great number of rejections of a scientific article is due to plagiarism. Let us take a closer look at this issue.  


1. What is plagiarism?

2. There are different types of plagiarism

3. Anti-plagiarism system

4. Allowable level of uniqueness

5. How to formulate other people's thoughts so that they are not plagiarised?

6. Consequences of plagiarism in an article

7. Additional recommendations


Plagiarism. Why is it so dangerous for a scientific article?

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism implies the appropriation of someone else's results without specifying the source of information.  

There are different types of plagiarism

Verbatim plagiarism (The author takes someone else's work and completely passes it off as one's own. This equates to intellectual theft).

Paraphrasing (The most common type of plagiarism is when the author takes someone else's text and slightly changes it, passing off as one's own. Words may be different, but the idea is still someone else's).

Self-plagiarism (Duplication occurs when the author re-uses some part of the text of one's work, which has already been published, but does not refer to it).

Accidental plagiarism (It may be intentional and unintentional, but it still cannot be justified).

Inaccurate attribution (The scientist made their contribution, but they are not mentioned in the article. Second extreme: the scientist was mentioned in the text, but they did not contribute anything to the article).

The source of information does not exist (The author refers to a source that is incorrect or does not exist).

 Anti-plagiarism system

Sometimes, some authors may use different methods to bypass the software. But we recommend that you forget about such actions once and for all. At present, the systems for verifying uniqueness are being improved every year and it becomes almost impossible to deceive a programme. Plus, every article that is to be published in an international journal is peer reviewed. At this stage, reviewers carefully read the article for borrowings of other people's ideas in them, and if they detect plagiarism, the article is immediately returned to the scientist.

 Allowable level of uniqueness

Our publishing experience shows that it is best if the uniqueness percentage is 85%. Then your article has a much higher chance of successfully passing peer review.

How to formulate other people's thoughts so that they are not plagiarised?

You do not need to copy the entire page of text you need for your article verbatim. You can describe the main idea using your own words, insert a small quote to convey an important idea more specifically, and indicate a reference to the source in the list of references. 

Consequences of plagiarism in an article

  1. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to prove plagiarism through a court. In this situation, the main role is played by the responsibility of the scientist, the ethical side. A researcher's reputation could be severely damaged. This is what serves as the lever that will make scientists avoid plagiarism in their articles.
  2. Due to the presence of plagiarism in an article, the journal may refuse to publish the article or withdraw it from an already published issue. It is important for a publication to protect its reputation and rating. The editors, especially international publications, prescribe the percentage of uniqueness in their terms and conditions and strictly adhere to this limit.
To verify your article for the percentage of uniqueness, send it to us for a free audit to protect your study from negative consequences.

Additional recommendations

  1. When writing your article, always remember about the correct and necessary layout of citation.
  2. Do not abuse citation.
  3. Use paraphrasing to increase uniqueness, but be sure to include the source in the list of references.
  4. Figures, tables, formulas can be saved as an image, a screenshot, which will increase the uniqueness.
  5. When describing the results, refer to the articles of your foreign colleagues, which you can find in the ScopusWeb of Science databases.

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