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Patchwork plagiarism

Issue: 39(2) May 2013. Essays Page 32

Ksenija Baždarić
Department of Medical Informatics, Rijeka University School of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia; Research Integrity Editor, Croatian Medical Journal; [email protected] [email protected]


Plagiarism is a serious breach of publication ethics and a concern for all science editors. It has many forms, with patchwork plagiarism being one of the most common.
A patchwork article is constructed of pieces from different sources and presented as a work with original text. Modern digital technologies provide plagiarism detection software, for example, CrossCheck®, which is currently employed by journal editors to filter out plagiarized manuscripts. One of the main reasons for patchwork writing is inadequate knowledge of English. This is why non-native Englishspeaking authors are frequently advised to prepare their manuscripts with help of language professionals and native English speakers. Such assistance increases their chances of getting published.


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