International perspectives on plagiarism and considerations for teaching international trainees

Elizabeth Heitman, Sergio Litewka

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In the increasingly global community of biomedical science and graduate science education, many US academic researchers work with international trainees whose views on scientific writing and plagiarism can be strikingly different from US norms. Although a growing number of countries and international professional organizations identify plagiarism as research misconduct, many international trainees come from research environments where plagiarism is ill-defined and even commonly practiced. Two research-ethics educators consider current perspectives on plagiarism around the world and contend that US research-training programs should focus on trainees' scientific writing skills and acculturation, not simply on preventing plagiarism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • International trainees
  • Plagiarism
  • RCR education
  • Research misconduct
  • Scientific writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology


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