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A quarter of UK students are guilty of plagiarism, survey shows

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.70-c (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:70

Re: A quarter of UK students are guilty of plagiarism, survey shows

Dear Editors,

206,000 public sector employees in Greece, out of a total of 700,000, are being investigated and re-evaluated, due to extensive plagiarism and fake degrees/diplomas/certificates/dissertations. [1]

Research papers, thesis, doctorate publications, dissertations, etc are prepared and delivered at home (!), for as low as 1,000 Euros, by specialized agencies.

Journalists from “Ta nea” major newspaper managed to buy themselves research papers and dissertations, on any subject, of all Departments in Greek Universities!

They published their adventure in the front page of their 10/05/2013 newspaper.

Credibility and academic integrity of every Greek University must be considered extremely low if such appalling plagiarism phenomena are so widespread. [2][3][4][5]

References

[1] http://www.grreporter.info/en/teachers_apply_directors_fake_diplomas/4838

[2] http://www.utwente.nl/mb/cheps/phdportal/CHEPS%20Alumni%20and%20Their%20...

[3] Extensive inbreeding, nepotism, plagiarism and "guest author" publishing in Greek University Medical Schools, Stavros Saripanidis’ Rapid Response in:

http://www.bmj.com/content/339/bmj.b3783?tab=responses

[4] Medical research in Greece has no strategy, no formal standards, no evaluation procedures, no transparency, no evaluation of research staff, no ranking body, but instead heavy bureaucracy pervades, Stavros Saripanidis’ Rapid Responses in:

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d7284?tab=responses

[5] Greek academia is plagued by inbreeding, nepotism, conflicts of interest, partisan politics, Professor Synolakis letter to Nature:

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091105/full/news.2009.1042.html

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 May 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece
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