Plagiarism in science

A recent analysis was done by Science Magazine on 10,500 retracted journal articles and they found that the number of retractions has continued to grow, but it also challenges some worrying perceptions that continue today.
The number of articles retracted by journals is constantly increasing each year. In one case an anesthesiologist racked up about 90 retractions after investigators concluded he had fabricated data and committed other ethical violations.

Publishing science papers is the ultimate goal of almost any research project. Number of citations that a paper receives is a measure of success in science while unpublished research projects are invisible to the scientists, and as such nonexistent. When a researcher publishes an article in a journal, she/he cannot publish another article in a different journal with a few minor changes or without quoting parts of the first article used in the second article. Plagiarism in science occurs when the author uses substantial portions of published articles, including tables and figures in a new article with or without the mentioning the original author. In fact mentioning the previous work does not resolve the existing plagiarism issue.

In order to monitor and enhance the quality research, some universities have centers  to check plagiarism. In this way, internal quality control ensures that the university promotes standards of excellence, intellectual honesty and legality.

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