Even if you don't intend to plagiarize, you may accidentally stumble into the trap of plagiarism. This is called Accidental Plagiarism. And it could happen to you if you’ve not mastered publication ethics. This video has some tips on how to avoid accidental plagiarism. If you can think of any more ways by which one can avoid accidental plagiarism, please share your views in the comments section.
November 28, 2014
Dear Dr. Eddy, My paper was rejected by a SCI journal because the plagiarism check percentage was 19%. I have revised the paper as much as possible. How should I revise it further so that I can clear the journal's plagiarism check? Thank you!
When writing a paper, always acknowledge all sources clearly and avoid copying other authors’ words verbatim. Failure to do so could lead to loss of tenure/funding and loss of credibility.
A rise in academic misconduct over the past few years have made editors and reviewers extra vigilant. However, this can sometimes backfire, as revealed in this case study where an innocent author is accused of plagiarism. How does the author counter the false allegations?
October 17, 2013
Dear Dr. Eddy,
I recently submitted my manuscript for publication and it was rejected by the journal saying the data is partially redundant since I have published it in the past. I agree that I used some of the data from a previous paper because this is an extension of the same study. I would like to know why it is unacceptable to use some of my own published data in my future publications.