Journal Editors' Reactions to Word of Plagiarism? Largely Silence

Journal Editors' Reactions to Word of Plagiarism? Largely Silence. 1

Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Lior Shamir, a computer-science professor at Lawrence Technical U., found that passages from a 2006 paper of his had been lifted repeatedly without credit. When he advised journals, indexing services, and conference organizers of the plagiarism, he was met with yawns.

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Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Lior Shamir, a computer-science professor at Lawrence Technical U., found that passages from a 2006 paper of his had been lifted repeatedly without credit. When he advised journals, indexing services, and conference organizers of the plagiarism, he was met with yawns.

Lior Shamir was surprised to learn that one of his papers had been plagiarized. He was even more surprised to learn that it had been plagiarized, by his count, 21 times.

But what really astonished him is that no one seemed to care.

In July, Mr. Shamir, an assistant professor of computer science at Lawrence Technological University, near Detroit, received an anonymous e-mail signed "Prof. Against Plagiarism." That's how he found out that multiple paragraphs from a paper he had