Published 7 September 2020

Does open access lead to increased plagiarism?

There is no evidence that open access leads to more plagiarism; content can be plagiarised regardless of how it is licensed. Plagiarism is primarily an issue of academic ethics. All CC licences require that the original author is attributed, meaning that any plagiaristic use is unacceptable. Failure to attribute will result in copyright infringement. Problems of plagiarism are related to enforcement rather than protection. On a positive note, if a work is openly available it should also become more traceable in a plagiarism case.

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Last edited on 7 September 2020, at 12:18 (+0000)