Patterns of (Apparent) Plagiarism

Neuroskeptic, who blogs at Discovery Magazine, looks at four patterns of plagiarism in science:

  • 1-2-3-4
  • Frankenstein
  • Piecemeal Paraphraser
  • Hydra

It's a short, interesting read, and he ends, claiming that plagiarism in science is common:

if you want to find out just how common plagiarism is in science today, take your favorite highly cited review paper published in, say, 2010, and Google a few sentences from the first paragraph.

One commenter, Alex Reppe, pointed to a brief article, "Plagiarism in scientific writing: words or ideas?" that argues that although taking someone's words in the humanities is plagiarism, in science, it is not the words that matter, but the ideas because "the originality is not in wordings; it is in the scientific content."