Plagiarism and PhDs: how to deal with copying

By Monday, August 15, 2011 , No comments

It may seem counter-intuitive but postgraduates are more likely to commit plagiarism than undergraduates, according to information obtained by The Independent under the Freedom of Information Act.
Twice as many postgraduates were guilty of plagiarism at the University of Glasgow as undergraduates in the academic year 2008/9. Figures released by the university show that 0.26 per cent of undergraduate students committed plagiarism compared to 0.57 per cent of all postgraduates.
Other research supports this. A report by the JISC (Joint Information System Committee) estimated in 2008 that an average of 1.19 per cent of postgraduate students are involved in cases of plagiarism, compared to 0.67 per cent of undergraduates.
The JISC report suggested this was because “plagiarism is simply treated as a more serious issue at postgraduate level”, resulting in more cases being recorded formally. Although this may be the case, our statistics suggest that there may be more to the disparity.
It seems that, in the Glasgow figures, a higher proportion of international students commit plagiarism and, when compared to undergraduates, a larger percentage of the postgraduate population is made up of international students, resulting in a larger proportion of postgraduate students being found to have committed plagiarism.
The figures from the University of Glasgow show that 1.76 per cent of all overseas postgraduate students from outside the EU committed plagiarism, compared to 0.11 per cent of all postgraduate students from the UK. Furthermore, around 25 per cent of the postgraduate population at the University of Glasgow came from outside the EU, compared to 3.5 per cent of their undergraduate population.

According to Aled Dilwyn Fisher, the Students’ Union general secretary at the London School of Economics, cultural background influences the way that students approach the question of copying material.
“Many cases involve students who have experience in other countries’ educational and cultural environments where different referencing systems are used – or, indeed, where no referencing systems are used at all,” says Fisher who sits on the college’s board that judges plagiarism cases. “These candidates often have absolutely no intention to deceive. There are usually language difficulties involved.”
He remembers advising one student who was looking up the definition of “plagiarism” in their native language when he met them. “They had no idea that they had done something wrong,” he says.
Since 2004, an independent body, The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), has been established to receive complaints from students, and has found itself getting a lot of complaints about plagiarism.
“More than one-half the plagiarism-related postgraduate complaints come from international students with citizenship outside the European Union, whereas less than one-third of undergraduate complaints about plagiarism come from this source,” says Rob Behrens, who is head of the OIA.
Alison Bone, a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, who has published many articles on plagiarism and assessment practices, says: “A great many Asian students have been taught very differently to British students. Their perception of education is that you sit and listen to the teacher and replicate what was said. That’s just their view. They think the more you reproduce the work of experts, the better it is.”
With this in mind, you might expect that Asian students would receive less advice about plagiarism from their own universities than British students do. But that is not necessarily the case.
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NEW! We made it even easier to add research articles to your ResearcherID (RID) account!

By Thursday, August 11, 2011 No comments

NEW! We made it even easier to add research articles to your ResearcherID (RID) account!. From Web of Science, search, choose and click – that's all it takes to move articles into your RID account. Try this out now!

Step 1
If you have a RID account, please sign into Web of Knowledge platform. Do a simple search (for e.g your name) to find your own articles. (If you do not have an RID account, please register a free RID account using the "Sign In" button)

read more: HERE


Announcement: NEW EZaccess ID and Password

By Wednesday, August 10, 2011 No comments

Note: In an effort to increase network security, password and ID for EZAccess has been changed effective August 09, 2011. 

username: student no.
password: i/c no without hyphen (-)

For Staff please contact your respective librarian at your nearest faculty/campus library for new password or you may contact JSP Librarians HERE

Top 100 Chemists 2000-2010 Ranked by Citation Impact (among those with 50 or more papers)

By Monday, August 08, 2011 No comments
The top 100 is intended to celebrate the achievements of chemists who achieved the highest citation impact scores for chemistry papers (articles and reviews) published since January 2000. Thomson Reuters published the table in support of the International Year of Chemistry.

1Charles M. LIEBER
Harvard University
2Omar M. YAGHI
University of California Los Angeles
3Michael O’KEEFFE
Arizona State University
Scripps Research Institute
University of California Berkeley
6Richard E. SMALLEY†
Formerly Rice University
7Hongjie DAI
Stanford University
8Xiaogang PENG
University of Arkansas
9Valery V. FOKIN
Scripps Research Institute
[MS 1]
Peidong YANG
University of California Berkeley
11Benjamin LIST
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
[MS 50]
University of Southern California
13Robert H HAUGE
Rice University
Harvard University
15Banglin CHEN
University of Texas San Antonio
Princeton University
17Mostafa EL-SAYED
Georgia Institute of Technology
Commonwealth Scientific And Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia
19Michael S. STRANO
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20Michael J. ZAWOROTKO
University of South Florida

source: HERE

How can you DOWNLOAD EndNotes X3 software? This is your guideline..

By Wednesday, August 03, 2011 No comments
Many of us have downloaded the software, but quite often failed to make it work. Follow the guidelines on how to download and just see how easy it is. Happy trying!

1) Go to DOWNLOAD menu

2) Scroll down and find link SOFTWARE ENDNOTE X3

3) The browser will open a third-party website to download Endnotes X3. 

4) Wait until the countdown to finish and please DON'T click at cross red.

5) When the link ‘Muat turun fail sekarang appear’, click the link to proceed downloading

6) Your file already downloaded into your PC.

Download this article in PDF: HERE


Top 50 Medical Research Blogs

Here are some general blogs that cover medical research and information.

General Medical Research

  1. Medical Research News Blog: This blog from MedicineWorld provides interesting new research and breakthroughs.
  2. FasterCures: Looks at different issues in health care, and looks at the field of medical research and works toward reform.
  3. The Health Care Blog: Considers different questions related to the medical field, and shares the latest research and procedures.
  4. Medical News Base: Get the latest in medical technology and research.
  5. The Lancet Global Health Network: A great blog that pulls medical research and news from different journals and papers from around the world.
  6. Karen Grepin’s Global Health Blog: A blog focusing on research and the results of medical research around the world.
  7. South Carolina Rural Health Research Center: This blog looks at medical research, especially as it relates to health issues in rural areas.
  8. Institute for Women’s Health Research: Northwestern put together this blog to share medical research related to women’s health.
  9. PharmaGossip: Get the latest news and medical research related to drug development and effects.
  10. Clinical Cases and Images: This blog is devoted to showing clinical cases and also the results of research as case studies progress.
  11. Animal Medical Center blog: Even pets need someone to find ways to keep them happy. This medical research blog focuses on animal health.
Public Health Blogs

Often, blogs with a public health focus do great reporting on medical research. And, their posts provide helpful and applicable information for those reading the research.
  1. Wall Street Journal Health Blog: This blog reports on the latest medical research and how it relates to ordinary folks.
  2. Covering Health: A blog focuses on medical research and how it is covered by journalists.
  3. Effect Measure: Results of different medical research, and how they relate to public health.
  4. Global Health Policy: This blog provides insight into different health happenings around the world, and reports on research findings.
  5. Healthcare Technology News: Get the latest in medical technology and the research that is making it possible.
  6. Gooznews: Intelligent analysis of medical research and public health policy.
  7. Dr. Buttery’s Public Health Blog: A great resource for those who are interested in the results of public-health based research. Results of medical research and interpretation of data.
  8. Health Care Industry Buzz: Find out what’s going on in the health care industry, what research is being performed, and how it affects the public.
  9. Conflict Health: Health issues, news and research on the areas of the world affected by war.
  10. Health Alerts: This blog from Yeshiva University provides alerts related to health and medical emergencies.
  11. FULL credit to: HERE