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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58

Plagiarism: a global dilemma

Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

Date of Submission28-Feb-2016
Date of Acceptance11-Jul-2016
Date of Web Publication24-May-2017

Correspondence Address:
Hamza H Khan
Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-208X.206896

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Khan HH, Khan ZH, Zafar B, Malik MB. Plagiarism: a global dilemma. Benha Med J 2017;34:58

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Khan HH, Khan ZH, Zafar B, Malik MB. Plagiarism: a global dilemma. Benha Med J [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 May 17];34:58. Available from: http://www.bmfj.eg.net/text.asp?2017/34/1/58/206896

From the start of our admission into medical school, there is always a constant emphasis on adopting the qualities of a good clinician, such as professionalism, confidence, forward thinking, showing sympathy and empathy towards patients, and being polite to them. In addition, most institutes also emphasize upon research, as it is the utmost need of the day, as the future of medicine rests in the hands of today’s young physicians. In this constant drive for research, what our institutes fail to emphasize is the need for research ethics. Misconduct during research is widely prevalent worldwide, not just in a single institute, and is a global dilemma.

According to the US federal government, research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in research activities [1]. Plagiarism can be understood as using the intellectual product of someone else, which includes texts, ideas, and results, and projecting them as one’s own [2].

The authors would like to highlight one such act of plagiarism that is practiced, knowingly or unknowingly, on a daily basis at our institutes. It has been noted that whenever a research article is written by a junior doctor or medical student, it is felt to be incomplete without including the name of the head of the department or other senior doctors in the department even though they may have contributed negligibly to the article. This may be due to the fact that many senior doctors, with a research background, have a professional affiliation with many indexed journals and therefore it is easy to publish the article. In addition, many journals also give preference to articles that have a well-known researcher’s name attached to it, which is a very strong setback for the young researchers. Moreover, following these traditions, the young doctors also follow the same practice when they reach a senior position.

Likewise, many researchers, when they complete their research article, mention the names of their professional colleagues even though they have not contributed to the article, likewise those colleagues mention these researchers’ names as a gesture of returning the favor.

To overcome this act of plagiarism, it is recommended that a global awareness program be started to educate researchers and journals and revive the true essence of research in order to provide a more suitable research environment for future young doctors.

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Resnik DB, Neal T, Raymond A, Kissling GE. Research misconduct definitions adopted by U.S. research institutions. Account Res 2015;22:14–21.  Back to cited text no. 1
Helgesson G, Eriksson S. Plagiarism in research. Med Health Care Philos 2015;18:91–101.  Back to cited text no. 2


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