How to Avoid Plagiarism in Research (Part 1)

How to Avoid Plagiarism in Research (Part 1)
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  • 17 Mar
How to Avoid Plagiarism in Research (Part 1)


Plagiarism is becoming increasingly common in both the dental and medical sectors. Most writers do not know that plagiarism is a serious problem. Plagiarism can range from simple dishonesty (small copy paste or all discrepancies) to serious problems (large discrepancies/duplication of manuscripts) when the author is copying from the original source without giving sufficient credit to the main source. When searching databases such as PubMed/Medline, there is a lot of information about plagiarism. However, it remains a current topic of interest to all researchers, who want to know how to avoid plagiarism. Writing a research paper is a challenge in aggregating literature and providing evidence to strengthen your research paper. The steps to supplement your paper with ideas and values previously established are necessary, but they must be done with caution, without falling into the trap of plagiarism. In order to understand how to avoid plagiarism, you can follow the following guidelines:


Understand what plagiarism is:

Plagiarism is the use of another person's work without obtaining proper credit. This includes copying and inserting text from sources, paraphrasing works of others without giving credit, and using ideas of others without giving credit. Every young researcher needs to know the ethical guidelines when writing scientific papers. Using your own ideas, you can completely write a paper without looking at the original source. It is not only possible to support and reinforce ideas by adding specific words from sources using quotes and citations, but also to avoid plagiarism.  All authors, editors, and editors of scientific journals must know plagiarism and how to avoid it by following ethical guidelines and using plagiarism detection software.


Understand your source materials.

Read a lot on many topics and read good writers. Try to increase your vocabulary by reading various topics. Read books written by authors who are known for their excellent writing, which helps you to absorb various phrases; this diversity and rich vocabulary help you to paraphrase easily and effectively. Reading time is not wasted, it's a good investment that will later yield dividends. Here are some tips to carefully plan your writing and ensure that you understand the sources.

·     Understand the idea(s) of the reference source well in order to correct the paraphrase.

·        Read the sources carefully: Before writing, read the sources carefully. This will help you to understand the topics and sources you will be using.

·        Make notes: when reading a source, take notes on key points and ideas. This will help you organize your thoughts and ensure that you don't forget important information.

·        Create a plan: After reading the source and taking notes, create a plan for the document. This will help you organize your thoughts and ensure that your paper is well structured.

·        Use your sources to support your ideas: When writing, ensure that your sources support your ideas. This will help avoid accidental plagiarism.

·        Use your own words: When using information from your source, be sure to use your own words to explain it. This will help avoid involuntary plagiarism.

·        Do not copy the text of the reference paper in its entirety. On the contrary, repeat the idea in your own words.


Time management

Give plenty of time to write and review. The most common reason many academics turn to plagiarism is that it is faster to copy and paste than to create new texts. Writing is not only difficult but also slow. Remember that many journals regularly check all new manuscripts for plagiarism, and if your manuscript is rejected for this reason, you will lose precious time. When writing your first draft, try to use your own words to create notes and refer to them instead of the original (after all, you can always rely on the original saved for re-checking later).


Plan your writing

Plan your writing carefully and make sure you understand your source materials. Before writing, make sure that you have a clear understanding of the topic and source you are using. This will help you avoid unintended plagiarism.



To publish a good scientific paper, one must make a genuine effort to read the original source in detail and then put in words his own ideas or ideas inappropriate paraphrases, quotes and, where necessary, using quotes to avoid plagiarism. With the advances in technology, even dental and medical writers need to think new ideas, concepts, technologies, and all the hypotheses that will help further advance the dental and medical fields.




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