NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 1-16-0103-0 Page 1of1 Our office received an anonymous allegation that an NSF-funded article 1 (Article) contained text plagiarized from a dissertation2 (Dissertation). The Article was authored by several people, with the Subject3 as the first author. After we opened a case to review the above plagiarism allegation (Allegationl ), we received a separate allegation (Allegation2) against another of the Article authors (Subject24) that he published an NSF-funded article (Article2 5) describing work he had previously published (Articlel 6) (and credited to his NSF award) years before. The complainant also alleged both articles contained text plagiarized from a third article (Article3 7). Regarding Allegationl, our analysis of the documents indicated the questioned text ultimately originated in earlier documents co-authored by the Subject and the Dissertation author. Therefore, we concluded Allegationl is unsubstantiated. Regarding Allegation2, we found the sole author of Article3 was a co-author on both Articlel and Article2. Our office does not review issues of copied text when articles have shared authors unless the article is clearly separable (i.e., it is stated to the reader who wrote which sections). Furthermore, NSF's definition of plagiarism excludes issues of"republication" or so- called "self-plagiarism." Therefore, we conclude that Allegation2 is unsubstantiated. This case is closed with no further action taken. NSF OIG Fonn 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-04-28.
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