Neuroscience journal takes tough stance on plagiarism
Like Howard Beale, the character in 1976′s “Network” who famously said “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!,” the editors of the journal Cortex have decided they’ve had enough when it comes to plagiarism.
From an editorial in the current issue:
We will treat academic plagiarism as a misdeed, not as a mistake, and a paper that plagiarizes others will be immediately rejected and may be reported to the author’s academic affiliation.
The editors explain how:
…we at Cortex will take advantage of the screening tool to detect plagiarism and self-plagiarism. CrossCheck powered by iThenticate. All papers not straight rejected in the first triage editorial step, will be passed through this screening to filter their academic content. We are well aware that these tools are not infallible, and prone to false positives (e.g., Vihinen, 2009) and false negatives, but we believe that this is a further step to make our work more transparent and the scientific community even more trustworthy (see also Chambers, 2013).
Speaking of iThenticate, here’s a recent survey they did on plagiarism of more more than 300 scientists in 50 countries.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen