Wednesday, April 26, 2017

On-line paraphrasing software and "word salads"

In the short blip about "plagiarism" by then-Judge Gorsuch, one issue was that the
Judge cited fundamental references, rather than later references which cited
the fundamental references.

A more recent post on the problem of on-line paraphrasing tools briefly touched
on the issue of citing the older works:

Some other clues [that work was paraphrased]: A paper includes unusual strings of works — “word salads” — where the phrases don’t make sense; or a reliance on only older references, without anything related to more current thinking.

…it may be perfectly acceptable and expected to have some old references in some papers referring to seminal works, or when updating concepts or historical retrospectives. However if there is a reliance on older publications without any reference to current thinking or research (particularly where the references are not highly cited/regarded) it may be worth doing a little more digging.

To illustrate, we put the above quote into one of the many paraphrasing tools we found online. Here’s how it would read:

it might be splendidly worthy and anticipated that would have some old references in a few papers alluding to original works, or when refreshing ideas or authentic reviews. Nonetheless if there is a dependence on more seasoned distributions with no reference to momentum thinking or research (especially where the references are not exceedingly refered to/respected) it might be worth doing somewhat more burrowing.

Retraction Watch
Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process
A troubling new way to evade plagiarism detection software. (And how to tell if it’s been used.)

See also IPBiz post


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