Thursday, March 23, 2006
Interesting story from Knight-Ridder: In China, Faculty Plagiarism a "National Scandal," by Tim Johnson:
Charges of plagiarism roil China's universities, but they're not about students cheating. They're about professors who filch from one another. Some professors pilfer the work of other scholars. Some employ teams of graduate students and publish large numbers of articles with their names on the students' work. Among those implicated in recent scandals are a star legal scholar, a biomedical researcher and a journalism ethics teacher. The cases, exposed in the Chinese press, have people talking....
Universities adopt a lax review policy, partly because many administrators value a faculty that publishes widely. Some administrators are themselves accused plagiarists. "They don't care if your research results are your own. They just want to see results," Choi said. Some senior Chinese scholars produce so many articles each year that the output would defy credibility in the West. Graduate students make it possible in many cases.