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Protection of intellectual property at pmTUC

December 21st, 2011

Please be aware that all scientific papers that are written at the Institute for Print and Media Technology are checked with the help of special tools for plagiarism and other contempt against good scientific practice and copyright violations. In doing so, we hope to increase the transparency and fair treatment of other people’s intellectual property and further, we recognise the elementary necessity to protect the principles of science.

Plagiarism: The aim of scientific working is the critical examination of knowledge with regard to a given question. Therefore, the scientist needs to distinguish clearly between existing knowledge and own work at any times and mark all knowledge that is not his own throughout the text by using unambiguous references. A paper that does not specify the original sources is not scientific and will be graded with “failed” automatically. Plagiarism is taking another person’s knowledge without marking it and giving the citation and passing it off as the scientist’s own intellectual work. It is already enough if third parties get this impression. Thus, it is not necessary to prove the plagiariser’s intent – negligent behaviour is also plagiarism. In any case, it is cheating. Plagiarism does not necessarily have to violate copyrights (e.g. public domain texts are copied), but it is still against scientific ethics.

If you want to copy something word by word, you have to place it in quotation marks and reference it so that the source/author can be clearly identified. In this case you have to copy the original text word by word (even if there are spelling errors). The copied part and your own contribution have to be clearly distinguishable at all times.

If you take additional measures (beyond not marking the part and referencing it) to hide the true authorship, it is an even more serious form of cheating.

Scientific misconduct also includes misrepresentations, like invention of data or falsification of data (e.g. by incomplete use of data, omission of undesired results, manipulation of charts and figures).

These criteria for plagiarism apply to all scientific documents, i.e. not only PhD and Master’s theses, but also seminar papers, project reports, research proposals, final reports, etc. As future scientists, the same criteria apply to students of a scientific degree course.

According to the university’s regulations, cases of scientific misconduct at pmTUC are reported to the “Investigation Board for Scientific Misconduct” of Chemnitz University of Technology.

Recommended literature:

International Center for Academic Integrity - tutorials and workshops
DFG Denkschrift: Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis / Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice
Code of conduct for assurance of good scientific practice and for procedures in the case of suspicion of scientific misconduct of Chemnitz University of Technology