Given the seriousness of plagiarism and the harm it can do the reputation of teams, institutions and even countries, it is essential our approach to research practice is based on sound understanding and good data. This paper published in February 2021, reflects on great data collected in Egypt. We have included links to a swag of related items.
Plagiarism is considered one of the most critical aspects of academic misconduct and violates academic integrity. This research aimed to assess faculty members’ attitudes towards plagiarism (ATP) in 40 Egyptian universities using a questionnaire designed to explore such behaviour in the academic community. In 2018, the ATP questionnaire, in an Arabic version of 25 statements, was distributed to measure positive and negative ATP as well as the subjective norms. Additionally, these attitudes were examined according to three main variables. The results revealed a moderate attitude among the respondents (n = 254) as the mean scores for positive attitudes, negative attitudes, and subjective norms were 28 ± 7, 20 ± 3, and 20 ± 4, respectively. There were no significant differences between the groups in terms of studying abroad and training on academic integrity and scientific writing. According to specialization, mean scores indicated that the faculty in the disciplines of basic and applied sciences had a stronger ATP than faculty from the disciplines of social sciences, education, and arts. Given the tested ATP, the study recommended several procedures by the Supreme Council of Universities, including developing an academic integrity policy, launching an obligatory training programme on plagiarism, and establishing an international publishing unit in each campus to disseminate awareness of academic integrity.
Ali, M. F. (2019). Attitudes towards plagiarism among faculty members in Egyptian universities: A field study. International Journal of Library and Information Sciences, 6(2), 14–39. https://doi.org/10.21608/IJLIS.2019.64129.