oversight

Plagiarism (Verbatim)

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-06-07.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                   NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                    OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                      OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                          CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

 Case Number: I-17-0030-O                                                                     Page 1 of 1


         A reviewer alleged plagiarism after observing that a figure in the proposal 1 was copied from a
         Wikipedia article, which cites someone other than the PI as the source of the figure. We
         reviewed the figures and concluded the PI copied the figure without appropriate credit. Our
         plagiarism software found negligible copied text. While there is one figure copied without
         attribution, the PI properly cited other figures he copied, so it appears this is an oversight. We
         concluded no further inquiry is warranted, and the PI’s failure to cite one figure does not rise to
         the level of research misconduct. Accordingly, this case is closed. We sent the PI a letter
         reminding him to cite all figures.




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NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)