Chapter 4 - Plagiarism

Processing Plagiarism

If the plagiarism check detects possible duplication within an assignment, editors will receive email notification. The notification email will include a link to the flagged article along with a link to the similar text.

How Editors Process Plagiarism

To review, editors should click on the link to the similar text.

If the similar article link takes you to another article within the CMS, that means there is a possible duplication within our database. Continue with the following:

  1. Go to the flagged article within the CMS.
  2. Compare the two documents and use your judgment to determine if the content has been plagiarized.
  3. If you find that the content has been blatantly plagiarized, immediately forward the email to the Project Manager.
  4. If you find that the content has very minor instances of copied content (such as strings of 5 or less words), you do not need to change the content.
  5. Edit the article as usual.
  6. Write “Plagiarism is not an issue,” in the comment box.
  7. Click the blue “Force Approve” button on the article page.

If the similar article link takes you to Google search results, this means there is a possible duplication online. Immediately forward the email to the Project Manager.

How Project Managers Process Plagiarism

The project manager will review the possible plagiarism (forwarded by the editors) and determine if the plagiarism warrants removing the writer from the Community.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The writer who plagiarized 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.

What Is Considered Plagiarism?

Content has been intentionally plagiarized if:

  • The writer has copied an entire sentence or paragraph from a previously published article.
  • The writer has used major parts of a previously published article and changed only a few words in order to pass it off as their own.
  • The writer reused their previously published work.
  • The writer submitted work that is not unique and is a slight rewording of previous work.
  • The writer rewrote an existing article by changing the order of the words and sequence of the paragraphs. ***This is known as article spinning. The plagiarism check may not catch article spinning so pay close attention to the resources the writer uses. If you think the article too closely matches a resource, notify your project manager immediately.

Content is not considered to be plagiarized if the writer has used a basic phrase or small string of words (5 or less words) that has been previously published.

Writers, please be incredibly cautious. Not meaning to plagiarize is not an acceptable excuse. If you plagiarize, including self-plagiarizing, you will be removed from all CopyPress campaigns.

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