(17 Apr 2020) Time constraints are the most common reason researchers in developing countries turn to plagiarism, a survey of more than 700 researchers from low- and middle-income countries found.
Most of those surveyed disapproved of plagiarism in theory, and acknowledged that those who do it are not respected by their peers. One in three admitted to plagiarising at some point during their academic career, knowingly or not.
A lack of understanding may be a partial cause. The study, published in Science and Engineering Ethics, revealed that 84% of the respondents did not know the difference between “plagiarism” and “similarity” in texts, though nearly all had said they understood what plagiarism was.
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