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Plagiarism refers to the wrongful appropriation of ideas, methods and texts that belong to another author (whatever the method they were obtained by) and presenting them as original work.
The real author may be an individual or an organisation or it may be a community of authors. Whether the article was published in digital form or in a printed journal, anonymous, under pseudonym or under the real name of the author, assuming creation without specifying the correct source of the text is regarded as plagiarism and a breach in the code of ethical editorial conduct. Plagiarism differs from copyright infringement and must be treated as such. There are cases when plagiarism occurs without copyright infringement.
Lately, plagiarism has been emphasised by the easiness to appropriate another individual’s works through the internet and published online pages. As the authors are the main individuals to be made accountable for ethical breaches such as plagiarism, they must check all materials submitted by them and revised by editors before actually publishing them. They must ensure that the particular texts or images have never been published before or that they are not plagiaristic.
PIE recommends to all members whether they are editors, authors or peer-reviewers to formulate online complaints if they are aware of problems related to an issue of plagiarism. If authors, editors or even publishers assume the work of others and present it as if it were theirs without acknowledgement of the author of the article, idea, image or scientific theory being published, the problem must be signalled immediately and the Council Sub-Committee mediation must be requested in order to resolve it.