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The lost originality

The lost originality
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By: Peer Mohammad Amir Qureshi

The act of presenting someone else’s ideas or work as your own, without that person’s consent, by incorporating it into your work without giving due credit is known as plagiarism.

We should all be aware that plagiarism is a ruse and an unfriendly action, and we should endeavour to stop it. It is extremely discouraging when new authors steal the excellent and helpful ideas of others while simultaneously asserting that their own views and opinions are also included but it is not so.

As both the author and the reader are aware that the works were not generated by the authors, plagiarism is a stain on successes and does not please either party. One of my friends claimed that other than the author’s name and the topic titles, my essays, Opinions and columns are being published as they are circulating on various dailies and weekly magazines of Kashmir. What a disgrace it is to as both the author and the reader.

Such representations are frequently viewed as a breach of journalistic ethics, academic integrity, and social norms of education, research, and learning as well as of fairness, respect, and accountability across many cultures. There are a variety of penalties for it, such as important suspensions, expulsions from school or the workplace, and fines as well.

There are three main types of plagairism

Direct plagiarism: When a writer borrows passages from another author’s work without properly attributing the original author, this sort of plagiarism is most common. Often, the person who quotes directly from the text doesn’t change a single word. Additionally, the copycat may omit words or rework sentences in their own language. However, this is still considered plagiarism. It is a serious violation to replicate or clone a text exactly. This duplicate content qualifies as intentionally plagiarised content. It is unethical, and the author of the original text may even file a lawsuit to hold the plagiarist accountable.

Mosaic Plagairism:

Another inadvertent form of plagiarism is called mosaic plagiarism. In this instance, the plagiarist might have cited the author of the material he used. However, if they fail to credit the quoted passage or incorrectly enclose it in quotation marks.

Accidental Plagairism:

Another prevalent form of plagiarism is accidental plagiarism. A piece of writing is plagiarised when the author uses phrases or passages incorrectly, fails to properly cite the source, or references and cites the incorrect source accidently. Even though the work’s name is cited, the original author can take disciplinary action against the plagiarist for incorrect authorship, even though accidental plagiarism was never intended.

How to avoid plagairism?

The editors of books and newspapers are responsible for examining the content’s source, and they can play a crucial role by blocking the plagairistsand not giving space to the plagairised Content.

By citing or paraphrasing your sources (and adding your own ideas) referencing the original source both in your reference list and an in-text citation and by utilising a plagiarism checker before submitting.

“The low-grade plagiarism of popularity will never lead you to true contentment.”

T.D. Jakes –

(The author is a columnist and pursuing masters in Zoology)



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