Plagiarism is common in African biomedical journals — Quartz Africa

In academic and journalistic circles, plagiarism is a serious offense, yet the problem remains “common” in biomedical research articles published across Africa, a new study shows.

The research, published in November, examined 495 papers published online in 2016 by 100 Africa-based journals. Of those, 313 articles showed evidence of plagiarism, ranging from one or two to over six copied sentences. The authors reached these conclusions by submitting the articles to Turnitin, a software that detects plagiarism by comparing submitted material with content in its archive or those published online.

Considered the first investigation to document plagiarism in African biomedical journals, the paper showed lifting of sentences or complete ideas was more common in the introduction and discussion parts…

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