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.
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TeachSomebody defines plagiarism as the misrepresentation of another's writings or other creative work (including unpublished and published documents in printed or electronic form, data, computer code, or other forms of creative expressions) without proper acknowledgement or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:
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:
TeachSomebody encourages the submission of additional information to aid in our investigation:
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to report incidents related to TeachSomebody’s Policy on Plagiarism and Falsification.