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PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism: An introduction for publishers, authors & editors: 27 August 2007

What makes plagiarism a fascinating subject... is the ambiguity of the concept, its complex relations to other disapproved practices of copying, including copyright infringement, the variety of its applications, its historical and cultural relativity, its contested normative significance, the mysterious motives and curious excuses of its practitioners, the means of detection, and the forms of punishment and absolution.

Background

This introduction to plagiarism is intended to provide

  • publishers with guidelines to draft their own policies on plagiarism, which could include company sanctions of cases of plagiarism.
  • authors and editors with some background.

The document is not definitive and could be added to and changed as new needs and insights develop.

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