Monthly Archives: September 2012

A screenshot of the Bergeys page

Plagiarism (Its not just for students)

In science nothing is worse (well, few things are worse) than seeing your hardwork being copied wholesale without attribution. As educators we look for this … and take harsh actions against our students who cheat. As scientists, its harder to come up with a solution. While looking at some books on microbial phenotypes recently I noticed this piece of plagiarism between Bergeys Manual of Determinitive Bacteriology and Mehrotra And Sumbali’s Principles of Microbiology. I don’t know who copied from who (if it was a class I would fail them both!), but someone is taking the easy way out.


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