International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

: 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-

Plagiarism: Undermining medical literature

Raison Thomas 
 Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

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Raison Thomas
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

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"Imitation is the best form of flattery - Charles C. Colton".

A timeless quote in literature; the aforementioned statement is in stark contrast to ethics of medical publishing. Medical field today is plagued by what is called "plagiarism". Derived from the Latin word " Plagiare", which means to kidnap; it is the presentation of someone else work as one's own without adequately attributing it to the source. Today, the pressure of publishing articles has pushed medical authors into a rat race where the quality, clarity, and originality of research material have been compromised.

Ideas, text or even an entire part of a publication can be plagiarized. Internationally, most of the journals pose severe repercussions to the authors if found guilty of plagiarism. This can range from rejection of a manuscript, retraction of published articles, and report to the author employers and/or publication ban on the particular authors.

In wake of this scenario, it is the responsibility of the journals and its reviewers to ensure that plagiarized material is not considered and authors of such material are duly warned. At IJOHS, we scan every article for plagiarism and reject the article at the initial stages if plagiarized material is found. It is essential that we educate young medical writers about the concepts and consequences of plagiarism.

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation - Herman Melville".

My co-editors have been extremely helpful and guided me throughout during the process of editing and choosing the best articles for this issue. I sincerely thank the Bapuji Dental College Alumni Association for placing their faith in me. Our beloved President and Principal Dr. K. Sadashiva Shetty has been the backbone for every major achievement in this prestigious institution and a major guidance for this issue also comes through Sir. The Editorial Team also would like to congratulate Sir, on becoming the Dean, PG studies, of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.