Every six months, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases its Semiannual Report to Congress. Each report contains information on the OIG’s audits and review, and investigations, including research misconduct investigations. The federal definition of research misconduct includes data falsification and fabrication, and plagiarism.
This week the New York Times ran a series of articles about plagiarism by Senator John Walsh in his final paper for his master’s degree from the US Army War College. The article provides an instructive page-by-page analysis of the final paper, identifying sources and whether the text was used without attribution or with improper attribution.