Case: Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the representation of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions as one’s own original work.

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“Plagiarism is considered a violation of academic integrity…”.

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Plagiarism is an offense, wrongdoing, unethical, damaging, and against research integrity; hence its occurrence must be taken seriously without consideration of nationality, gender, age, or any other such attribute.

The Case

While I was checking out the DFNE2018 papers, I came across: “DFNAnalyzer: A Web-Based Application for Discrete Fracture Network Analysis” which was authored by LK, a former PhD student of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Canada. It was shocking to me observe that none of the ideas, concepts, definitions, algorithms, flowchart, discussions and graphs in the paper is original; most (almost all) are taken from my works already published in my papers and PhD thesis, indeed!

I reported the case to the authors including LK’s principal supervisor, DE. Despite providing comprehensive details and many follow ups, after a rather long period of time, UBC officials did nothing!

The Report

My original document in which I point out a significant amount of details proving that the plagiarism is the case.

Closing Remarks

It was shown in a rather lengthy 15-page document regardless of likely subjective views of the associated people on the level of misconduct the plagiarism is the case. Refreshing our mind with the non-subjective definition of plagiarism (see above) leaves no doubt.

This post is aimed to help publicly the academia to preserve and defend its founding stone, the integrity.

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