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Perspect Clin Res. 2011 Apr;2(2):67-71. doi: 10.4103/2229-3485.80370.

Plagiarism: Why is it such a big issue for medical writers?

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Freelance Medical Writer, Delhi, India.

Abstract

Plagiarism is the wrongful presentation of somebody else's work or idea as one's own without adequately attributing it to the source. Most authors know that plagiarism is an unethical publication practice. Yet, it is a serious problem in the medical writing arena. Plagiarism is perhaps the commonest ethical issue plaguing medical writing. In this article, we highlight the different types of plagiarism and address the issues of plagiarism of text, plagiarism of ideas, mosaic plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and duplicate publication. An act of plagiarism can have several repercussions for the author, the journal in question and the publication house as a whole. Sometimes, strict disciplinary action is also taken against the plagiarist. The article cites examples of retraction of articles, suspension of authors, apology letters from journal editors, and other such actions against plagiarism.

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Action against plagiarism; duplicate publication; medical writing; plagiarism; unethical publication practice

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