Plagiarism is the most common form of academic misconduct and can lead to outright rejection. Often, authors accidentally commit plagiarism without even realizing it. This series aims to make authors aware of the different forms of plagiarism,  the precautions to be taken to avoid them, and ways to defend themselves from false allegations of plagiarism.

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…
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…