Avoiding Plagiarism.


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What do Vice President Joe Biden, scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, filmmaker James Cameron, The Beatles guitarist George Harrison, and author H.G. Wells have in common? All have been associated with plagiarism: Biden for a 1988 presidential campaign speech, Watson and Crick for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) double helix structure, Cameron for his 1984 film The Terminator, Harrison for the 1970 song melody of My Sweet Lord, and Wells for his 1920 book Outline of History.15 Each were accused of misrepresenting someone else's work as their own. According to the Oxford Dictionary, plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”6 Plagiarism can range from “the unreferenced use of others' published and unpublished ideas including, research grant applications to submission under “new” authorship of a complete paper, sometimes in a different language” delivered in all publication venues and at any stage of the research process, according to the 2000 article by the Committee on Publication Ethics.7(p693) The American Medical Association (AMA) goes on to state that plagiarism “violates standards of honesty and collegial trust.


DOI: 10.1310/hpj4612-917