Plagiarism on the rise

Ronald F. Boisvert, Mary Jane Irwin

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A plagiarism policy, issued by ACM's publication board, to help in reducing the disturbing increase in occurrences of plagiarism in computer science and engineering, is discussed. Plagiarism is the verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's paper. Penalties for plagiarism depend upon the extent of the copying and the stage at which it is discovered. In the case of substantially plagiarized articles discovered in the ACM Digital Library after publication, ACM removes access to the full text of the article from the DL, replacing it with a notice that the article was plagiarized and pointing to the original article. The offending author is to write a letter of apology to ACM and the original author. For plagiarism discovered before publication, the article can be corrected or immediately rejected depending upon the extent of the infraction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-24
Number of pages2
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


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