National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General Favorite Plagiarism Excuses

At the Quest for Research Excellence conference last month in Washington, D.C., the National Science Foundation (NSF) Inspector General, Allison Lerner, gave a presentation entitled, Research Integrity: Insights from the NSF Office of Inspector General.  In her presentation, Ms.

Assessing Intent in Verbatim Plagiarism Investigations: The NSF OIG's CPI Approach

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.

Learning from the Mistakes of Others: In This Case, 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.

NSF OIG Investigates Plagiarism in Funded Proposals

According to Science magazine, “The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investigating nearly 100 cases of suspected plagiarism drawn from a single year’s worth of proposals funded by the agency.”  The proposals are those funded by NSF in 2011.  The article is available at


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