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What is plagiarism ?

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"Work made up of borrowings; unacknowledged copying of all or part of an original work." (CNRTL)

Plagiarism consists in claiming a content (words, images, tables, graphs) without prior consent of its author (or their beneficiaries), without citing its sources, with a view of passing it off as one’s own creation or work.

Whether it be intentional or through negligence, such an act, especially within a work of academic research, may have a momentous impact on one’s academic career.

Image by Will Lion, "Copy culture". License CC : BY-NC-SA. (source Flickr).


The concept of forgery

What is forgery?

Copying an existing content (text, layout, colour, style, etc.) with a view of passing it off as one’s own, original and authentic work.

This constitutes a punishable offence, in that forgery may harm the copyrighted work, and the property rights in particular (citing, copying, adapting, translating rights).





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Leroux, Laurence, Serres, Alexandre. "Plagiarism". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, September 2012 (last updated on July 2, 2013). Available on:


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