Plagiarism

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Plagiarism is simply copying one's ideas and claiming them as their own. Plagiarism is not restricted to one field. It is found in various fields like cinema industry, Journalism, painting, arts etc(1). It is considered as a theft of intellectual property, violation of copyright laws(1). It is important to spread the scientific information without plagiarism failing to do results in loss of credit to the original scientist. There are many ways of doing plagiarism like claiming their name in someone else's paper, paraphrasing without giving proper citation or reference or an incorrect reference comes under plagiarism. Even, copying few sentences or paragraphs from a book or an article comes under plagiarism. There is a sharp line between paraphrasing and plagiarism. Paraphrasing is the expression of others' ideas in their own words without affecting or changing actual meaning. Paraphrasing may easily fall into the category of plagiarism if it is not done properly or used without citation. Actually, it is a skill or an art that everyone must learn or practice in order to avoid plagiarism. Difference between a plagiarized and paraphrased material can be found in the reference (2) cited below. As a hard and fast rule, not more than 5 words should be taken "as it is" from any source of information. While writing on a particular topic, it is preferable to collect information from as many sources as possible without restricting to any particular article or book and quote them in the article prepared. Summarize, analyze the information and generate new ideas by understanding it thoroughly. Run the article through plagiarism checking web sites before submitting it for publication. I wish to appeal to all the participants of this skills test to be in forefront in avoiding plagiarism. To protect and to honor the scientific/research contribution, everyone should be in a position to make their scientific contribution without plagiarism. Free from plagiarism is also essential to achieve patentability and to publish good scientific articles in reputed research journals. Most unfortunately, the current published articles are of poor quality due to lack of novelty in their research work. The authors are just adopting the same concepts of earlier published work with little modification. Nowadays Indian universities are also insisting their research scholars to submit their thesis free from plagiarism. References: 1) http://www.suite101.com/content/a-definition-for-plagiarism-a10232 accessed on 1/1/2011 2) https://www.indiana.edu/~istd/example2paraphrasing.html accessed on 1/1/2011
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Shruti Priya's picture

Dear Sir, I liked your views on plagiarism. Could you tell me something more about paraphrasing.

Shruti Priya

Dr. T.E.G.K. Murthy's picture

Paraphrasing is nothing but building up sentences with our own words without changing the meaning of existing sentence. You should not rearrange the words but can build up the same sentence with other own words. Look into the reference (2) cited.

Dr.T.E.G.K.Murthy
http://www.pharmainfo.net/tegkmurthy/biography
Principal
Bapatla College of Pharmacy, Bapatla

criticone's picture

That's a good blog in own words. 1) Reference 1) should be linked back to the definition part in your blog. Also, facts needs references . Otherwise it sounds like your opinion . For example "Plagiarism is not restricted to one field. It is found in various fields like cinema industry, Journalism, painting, arts etc" "It is considered as a theft of intellectual property, violation of copyright laws." Please EDIT your blog and provide references. If you don't agree , please share your thoughts .
Dr. T.E.G.K. Murthy's picture

I agree with you and edited the blog by backing up references at the sentences. Still, Is there anything to correct?

Dr.T.E.G.K.Murthy
http://www.pharmainfo.net/tegkmurthy/biography
Principal
Bapatla College of Pharmacy, Bapatla

K Rajakrishna's picture

dear sir you have given a very simple and straight forward information on plagiarism.

i have a query

can i take an information that is copyrighted and to avoid plagiarism can i use citation for it?.

Dr. T.E.G.K. Murthy's picture

There is no copyrighted information. You can take information from copyrighted books or sources. But you have to mention the source before using it and also should not be taken as it is. You have to understand the internal meaning of that information and then create sentences according to your own.

Dr.T.E.G.K.Murthy
http://www.pharmainfo.net/tegkmurthy/biography
Principal
Bapatla College of Pharmacy, Bapatla

K Rajakrishna's picture

thank you sir for considering my doubt and clarifying it.
Ankur sood's picture

hello sir, it is very nice and informative blog. with regards ankur
Sirisha Pingali's picture

sir, Your explanation is quite good. It is simple and clear. The difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing is well explained. Thank you sir.

Sirisha Pingali

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Viswanadha Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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Mridula jayaraman's picture

it is a nice blog sir.

mridula jayaraman

Pharma Wings

SS Md Shafi's picture

Dear sir... nice information all the best.

shafi ..

Hardik Soni's picture

Dear Sir, You have posted Very nice and informative blog on plagiarism. With regards,

Leader - Ayurpreachers Hardik K. Soni M.Pharm (Ayu.)-Pharmacology R&D, Executive Vasu Research Centre www.vasuresearch.com

Amol Dhiaman's picture

Very nice blog. Best of luck for future.

Amol Dhiaman

Seema Meena's picture

good and informative blog. all the best

thanks SEEMA MEENA

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