Monday, December 04, 2006

If students cheat this often, do scientists do it too?

from this site, which I found randomly here,

Here is a quote that should chill you to your bones:

In the US a study of 50,000 undergraduates from 60 campuses, conducted last year by the Centre for Academic Integrity at Duke University, found 40 per cent admitted to cut-and-paste internet plagiarism; 77 per cent believed such cheating was not a very serious issue."

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6 Comments:

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous TW Andrews said...

I'd be surprised, if only because scientific fraud major enough to make it worthwhile (i.e. getting into a high-impact journal) probably has a fairly high discovery rate, whereas that for copying a term paper is significantly lower (I would imagine).

However, I can imagine that scientists taking someone else's work and calling it their own is not as uncommon as one would hope.

 
At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happens all the time...

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Undergraduates are harmless. It is assumed that 50% of the content of all German and Austrian Ph.D. thesis are plagarised. Most of the plagiarism is confined to the introductory section and many of the works I read sounded quite familar (Voet&Voet, Lehninger, Stryer, Lodish, ...).

Here at UCL, they university introduced a new plagarism finder (turnitin) and all written work now needs to be submitted as an electronic copy for the scans as well. On the one hand, this increases the turnitin database (all major insitutions in the UK now take part) and on the other hand, hopefully ends the most obvious plagiarm from sources like wikipedia & co as well as the more subtle versions from fellow students in the year above.

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Lindsay Lohan said...

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At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40 percent, hmm? For once I'm glad I'm glad to be in the majority.

Plagiarism is for lazy students, it's as simple as that. So, here we have it: 40% of undergraduate students are lazy. How prosaic.

 
At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have clarified: 40% admit to plagiarism. That's tantamount to a 40% admission of laziness.

 

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