As writers, we all know the importance of originality in our work. Plagiarism is a serious offence and can have severe consequences. However, while some types of plagiarism are well-known, there are others that often go unnoticed and frequently ignored. In this blog, we will explore some of the types of plagiarism that are often ignored or overlooked. By understanding these lesser-known types of plagiarism, we can ensure that our writing is truly original and free of any unethical practices.
What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism means taking someone’s work and copying it (accidentally or not) without giving proper credit to the original author. It is an act of theft or copyright infringement and can have severe consequences.
Exploring Most Ignored Forms of Plagiarism
As a student understanding both common and ignored types of plagiarism is important. Below you will find the list of ignored types of plagiarism and understand how to prevent them.
In CTRL-C plagiarism, a writer uses a portion of a source’s words exactly word to word as the original author wrote them without giving proper credit or using quotation marks. Writing someone else words without quotation is regarded as wrong and illegal, it doesn’t matter if you are using just a small section it is still considered plagiarism. This form of plagiarism is well-known but due to the carelessness in the writing process, it can get ignored.
Remixing is the act of copying and pasting text from a source and then changing a few words or phrases to make it appear original. Despite being paraphrased, the text is plagiarised because no citations were made and you attempt to pass off someone else’s work as your own. While it may be difficult to detect, remixing is still a serious offence and can have severe consequences. Most of the time, it might very well be unintentional since it can occur as a result of inadequate note-taking or ignorance of the significance of citing and reference.
Self-plagiarism or Recycling
Self-plagiarism is when a person submits their own work as new or original, even though it has been previously used in an assignment for academic credit or published. This can happen when a student submits the same paper for two different classes, or when a researcher uses their own work in multiple publications without proper citation. While some may argue that a person should be able to use their own work without credit, it is still considered plagiarism because it can deceive the reader into thinking that the work is new and original when it is clearly not.
Citation Manipulation and Improper Citation
Citation manipulation is another form of plagiarism that is often ignored. This occurs when a person manipulates their citations to make it appear as though they have used more courses than they actually did. For example, a student may list a source in their bibliography, even though they only used a small section of the source in their paper. This is a form of deception and can be considered plagiarism.
Another frequently ignored type of plagiarism is improper citation of sources. This can happen when a writer includes a citation but does not attribute the correct source or when they provide incomplete or inaccurate information about the source. It is important to double-check all citations to ensure that they are accurate and complete.
Aggregator is a form of plagiarism that many novice writers struggle with. The sources used are properly cited however the research project incorporates next to no original work. In simple words, the work only contains material from different sources with little to no personal opinions, ideas or arguments. This can happen due to not having enough time to properly research the topic or when you misunderstood your assignment expectations. It can also happen when you struggle to find something personal to add to the concepts of your assignment.
Collaboration plagiarism occurs when two or more individuals work together on a project, but one person takes credit for the entire work. This can occur when one person does the majority of the work, but the other person still takes credit for the final product. It is important to clearly define roles and responsibilities when working on a project to avoid collaboration plagiarism.
What Could Happen if I Use Most Ignored Forms of Plagiarism?
Scholarly publications and educational institutions have several strict rules and regulations in place against plagiarism. The repercussions can be serious so it is important that you familiarise yourself with these rules:
- A letter of plagiarism attempt to the Dean of Scholar
- You can fail in the semester
- Automatic F on the assignment
- In serious cases, you can even get expelled
- If you are working for an organisation then you can get fired
What To Do in the Case of Self-plagiarism?
We learn what self-plagiarism is and its consequences today. To avoid it from happening you can use the methods explained below:
- Paraphrased properly the previously submitted assignments to remove similarities.
- Cite your earlier works correctly, mixing parenthetical citations with narrative citations, using periodic citations or reminder words, etc.
- Reform the topic of your previous assignment
- Use the sources that you used in your previous assignment
Plagiarism can have serious consequences, hence it is important to be aware of all types of plagiarism, not just the most common ones. By understanding and avoiding these commonly ignored types of plagiarism, writers can maintain academic and professional integrity and avoid the negative consequences of plagiarism.