Plagiarism in Project Studies

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Plagiarism is condemned yet remains a frequently occurring form of academic misconduct. This editorial informs project scholars about plagiarism and Project Management Journal’s (PMJ®) approach to it. We define plagiarism as the theft of words, ideas, and representations, and explain three principles to judge plagiarism based on our expectations on research integrity: honesty, originality, and authorship. Accordingly, plagiarism detection services (PDS) assist but do not limit our judgment. We hope to lay the foundation for a comprehensive understanding of plagiarism in project studies, and thus help (early career) scholars understand the different facets of plagiarism and thereby avoid it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProject Management Journal
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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Published online: 5. Januar 2021


  • Plagiarism
  • Academic misconduct
  • Project studies
  • Judgment
  • Research integrity

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