Chapter 4 - Plagiarism

Dealing with Plagiarism

CopyPress has a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism as it is both unethical and illegal. Content cannot be copied from other sources.

Our zero-tolerance plagiarism policy extends to self-plagiarism. Each assignment must be unique. Writers cannot submit duplicate or slightly altered content. Each piece must be fresh and new. While writers will inevitably write on similar topics, they must create new content for each assignment. Different assignments may contain similar information, but each must be written in a fresh, new manner.

Every assignment is run through software to detect any instances of plagiarism. If the software detects potential plagiarism, it will flag the assignment and change its status to “Possible Duplication.”¬†If an assignment has been flagged for potential plagiarism, it is not an accusation of plagiarism.¬†Because the software is automated, it sometimes flags articles that do not actually contain plagiarism.

The editor will review the content to determine if it has been plagiarized, but CopyPress has the final decision in the matter. Writers are not to contact their editor or CopyPress staff if their article is flagged. Writers will be notified via email by CopyPress if there is a problem with their content.

If a writer plagiarizes, they will lose CopyPress writing privileges. They will not be paid for any portion of the plagiarized work, and they may be held liable for damages resulting from the plagiarism.

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