B – Plagiarism and punishment

Godlee F. Plagiarism and punishment. BMJ 2007;335 doi: 10. 1136/bmj.39392.602523.47

Plagiarism is listed, in the US Office for Research Integrity (ORI)’s definition of research misconduct, as one of the three high crimes of research fraud. The Commettee on Publication Ethics (COPE) lists 18 cases of plagiarism from 1998 to 2005, but is liklely that there has been a sensibly higher number. COPE has also a series of flow charts that outline what journals should do if editors suspect plagiarism, even if in the end everyone still rely on academic institutions, that too often still fail, as in the case of an eminent Croatian clinician and academic, that cast a cloud on the Croatian research community.