Plagiarism widespread in Chinese science

As China becomes more and more important because of its burgeoning economy and science, will academic misconduct also increase? Quite possibly. In a letter in Nature, Yuehong Zhang states that “Since October 2008, we have detected unoriginal material in a staggering 31% of papers submitted to the Journal of Zhejiang University–Science (692 of 2,233 submissions).”

Dr Zhang says that “We are therefore campaigning for authors, researchers and editors to be on the alert for plagiarism and to work against cultural misunderstandings. In ancient China, for example, students were typically encouraged to copy the words of their masters.” ~ Nature, Sept 9

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