Plagiarism and Falsification

TeachSomebody seeks to serve learners' and contributors' interests by publishing high-quality original Content — including research articles, educational blogs, audio and video content, and other forms of scholarly and professional information.

Under TeachSomebody’s Terms and Conditions, users are required to either own the rights or have permission to post the Content they publish on TeachSomebody. Please note that properly crediting the source you are copying does not necessarily exempt the need to secure permissions from the respective author/s prior to posting. We reserve the right to remove any Content you post for any reason, including copyright infringements or plagiarism.

TeachSomebody is dedicated to serving the global community by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. Maintaining the integrity of published Content, defending contributors against plagiarism and other forms of ethical violation, making these Contents discoverable, promoting their dissemination to a large global audience, and preserving these Contents indefinitely in their original published form are some of our core principles.

This document provides a detailed definition of plagiarism, in addition to other dishonest behaviours such as the Falsification of Content on the TeachSomebody e-learning platform. The document is largely inspired by ACM’s plagiarism policy as well as the plagiarism policy of the University of Oxford

Definitions and Terms

  • "Content" refers to:
    • published articles or courses on the platform

Definition of Plagiarism

TeachSomebody defines plagiarism as the misrepresentation of another's writings or other creative work (including unpublished and published documents in printed or electronic form, data, computer code, or other forms of creative expressions) without proper acknowledgement or permission. Plagiarism may also represent copyright infringement. Plagiarism manifests itself in a variety of forms, including:

  • verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or intentionally paraphrasing elements of someone else’s work without proper acknowledgement;
  • copying elements of another's work, such as equations, computer code, tables, charts, illustrations, presentation, videos, or photographs that are not common knowledge, or copying or intentionally paraphrasing sentences without proper or complete source citation;
  • verbatim copying of portions of someone else's  work with incorrect source citation;
  • inaccurate citation - it is vital to cite correctly according to the guidelines of the agreed conventions of the discipline or professional practice. In Addition to listing your sources (i.e. in a bibliography), you must indicate, using an in-text reference, the source of a quoted passage or paraphrased statement. Furthermore, you should not include anything in your references or bibliography that you did not consult.

Content Falsification

Content falsification is any form of manipulation of research results, supporting materials, or references. Each of these acts is dishonest, strictly prohibited by TeachSomebody, and by generally accepted scientific principles. Content Falsification is evident when Content contains material (distorted data, omitting, padding, or trimming data, or changing results) without specific details of the modifications described in the Content. It also includesany claims that are known to be false but are presented in a manner that would lead the learner to believe they are true and correct.

Submitting a Claim

Any individual is entitled to make a formal claim that a violation of this policy has occurred. It is not necessary for a claimant to have any formal relationship (e.g., author or editor) to the Content that is claimed to be in violation of TeachSomebody’s Plagiarism Policy, nor is it required that the claimant be a registered user of TeachSomebody; however, it is necessary that the claim involves Content published on TeachSomebody (as defined earlier).

Any individual submitting a formal claim that a violation has occurred must:

  • identify themselves (i.e., anonymous reports are not considered),
  • indicate whether there is or is not a formal relationship to the Content (e.g., author of violated Content, reviewer, or editor of violating Content),
  • provide a detailed written description of the claim, and
  • provide detailed evidence supporting the claim, including:
    • a citation to the original Content(s) (Content title, author, date of publication), if any;
    • a citation to the alleged violating Content;
    • indication of sections, paragraphs, etc. in each Content alleged as evidence of the violation.

TeachSomebody encourages the submission of additional information to aid in our investigation:

  • Copies of all Contents involved in the alleged violation,
  • any other information that would help TeachSomebody efficiently to investigate the claim

It is not sufficient for an individual simply to allege to TeachSomebody that a potential violation has occurred-TeachSomebody will not investigate potential violations without a complete claim being submitted.

For Works that have already been published on TeachSomebody, submit a formal claim that a violation has occurred by sending an email to support@teachsomebody.com.  

Investigating the Claim

Provided the minimum information required has been provided in writing, TeachSomebody will investigate a claim of Plagiarism violations. TeachSomebody reserves the right to close an active investigation if additional information is requested but not provided by the claimant.

Results of the Investigation

If a violation has been found, all parties will be informed of the penalties and the actions to be taken. TeachSomebody reserves the right to remove the Content from its platform.

Right of Appeal

All claimants and the accused have the right to appeal official decisions. All appeals must be in writing to TeachSomebody no more than 14 days from the date of notification. An appeal must contain new material that was not already evaluated by TeachSomebody or substantive information that might lead TeachSomebody to issue a different decision than the one initially made.

If no appeal has been requested, the decision shall stand and the appropriate penalties shall be implemented.

Please send an email to support@teachsomebody.com to report incidents related to TeachSomebody’s Policy on Plagiarism and Falsification.