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Detecting plagiarism: Current quality control systems don't work

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7570.706 (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:706
  1. Tom Jefferson, researcher ([email protected])
  1. Cochrane Collaboration

    EDITOR—Chalmers highlights serial plagiarism, the inability of current quality control mechanisms to detect it, and the comparatively light way in which it is dealt with once discovered.1 Systematic reviews could be used to enhance the quality of editorial peer review.

    Their lengthy process has several spinoffs. The most experienced and single minded reviewers quickly build in their minds and files a catalogue of what has been written on a topic, who …

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