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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writing

Volume 7, Issue 7, 2014, Pages 52-62

Ethical and unethical methods of plagiarism prevention in academic writing  (Article)

Department of Computer and Cognitive Science, Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-EssenDuisburg, Germany

Department of Electrical, Electronics and Systems Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan
MalaysiaBangi, Malaysia

Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityNajafabad, Isfahan, Iran

Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)Bangi, Malaysia

Industrial Computing Group, Faculty of Information Science and
Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of
Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya,

Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityKerman, Iran


This paper discusses plagiarism
origins, and the ethical solutions to prevent it. It also reviews some
unethical approaches, which may be used to decrease the plagiarism rate
in academic writings. We propose eight ethical techniques to avoid
unconscious and accidental plagiarism in manuscripts without using
online systems such as Turnitin and/or iThenticate for cross checking
and plagiarism detection. The efficiency of the proposed techniques is
evaluated on five different texts using students individually. After
application of the techniques on the texts, they were checked by
Turnitin to produce the plagiarism and similarity report. At the end,
the "effective factor" of each method has been compared with each other;
and the best result went to a hybrid combination of all techniques to
avoid plagiarism. The hybrid of ethical methods decreased the plagiarism
rate reported by Turnitin from nearly 100% to the average of 8.4% on 5

Author keywords

Academic cheating; Ethical approaches; Plagiarism; Plagiarism prevention; Unethical approaches

ISSN: 19139020
Source Type: Journal
Original language: English

DOI: 10.5539/ies.v7n7p52
Document Type: Article
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education

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