Plagiarism awareness

The Library provides a wide range of resources and information to raise awareness of plagiarism in different groups of staff and students.

Visit their pages to learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it in your work.

Regardless of discipline and institution, the fundamental factor in ensuring the quality of research and research practices has to be the honesty of the individual investigator. Investigators should be honest with respect to their own work, which means subscribing to proper scientific practices such as acknowledging the contributions of colleagues or collaborators, ensuring veracity of data, and acting with integrity in the depiction of results and conclusions. However, investigators are also expected to be honest in relation to the work of their colleagues and peers. Colluding in, or concealing, the misconduct of others is not compatible with an environment which encourages intellectual honesty and is, therefore, in itself misconduct.

The College’s policy on, and procedures for, the investigation of allegations of research misconduct:

Ordinance D17 - Research Misconduct

This policy is intended to satisfy the requirements of those who fund research at Imperial College that the College has proper mechanisms in place for the management of complaints of research fraud or misconduct. It is recognised that instances of misconduct are rare, and the procedures set out in this policy will consequently be implemented only in exceptional circumstances.

The College’s definition of research misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a) Piracy – the deliberate exploitation of ideas from others without acknowledgement.

b) Plagiarism – the copying of ideas, data or text (or a combination of these) without permission or acknowledgement.

c) Fraud – involves deception, usually (but not exclusively) the invention of data. This can also include the omission from analysis and publication of inconvenient components of a data set.

d) Gift authorship – the practice of arranging to credit someone with authorship or co-authorship in a way that deliberately exaggerates or gives a misleading impression of their actual contribution.