NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: A06120064 11 Page 1 of 1 In December 2006, we received a n allegation of plagiarism about a proposal1 submitted to NSF by a PI2 and two co-PIs.3 After our analysis using plagiarism software, we found a small amount4 of text copied from three sources. We wrote the PI and co-PISto request their explanations for the copied text. The PI and co-PIS agreed the PI was responsible for the inclusion of the questioned text into their proposal. The PI acknowledged she copied the words from the literature, but she thought she had given appropriate credit by including those sources in her references. While it is true she referenced two of the three sources, the citations to those sources appearing after the copied, verbatim text were within a group of citations and were not indicative to the reader that she had taken text verbatim from one of those references. However, there were also instances where she provided a single citation to the source after a copied sentence. Irrespective of the citations, none of her copied text appeared within quotation marks, which the PI acknowledged. Given the small amount of copied text, the PI'S contrition and acknowledgement of her failure to use quotation marks, we conclude this matter does not require an investigation. We sent the PI a letter explaining the proper way to cite verbatim text. Accordingly, this case is closed. '11 II NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-06-05.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)