to verifying all the past papers of the
plagiarist author in that journal. The
chances are high that a plagiarist author is a repeat offender. For example,
the author of the fake book in our second story conducted verbatim plagiarism with many books, which are still
available online. The journal may take
strict actions against the accused one.
Although journals should share information, this may open publishers up
5. How much time? The limited time
frame is a major hurdle in achieving
an honest review. A possible solution
would be to review a paper within a
hierarchy of students of the reviewing
professor. Of course, during the whole
process, reviewers should remain polite
and complete a timely review.
We are thankful to Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman for providing
worthwhile feedback on this article and the full details
of his experience with plagiarism. We would also like to
acknowledge Andy J. Hunsucker and Adrian Scoică for
their valuable feedback.
Nisha Pan war is currently a post-doctoral scholar at
University of California, Irvine. She did her Ph. D. within the
Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev, Israel. She received her M. Tech. in computer
engineering from the National Institute of Technology,
Kurukshetra, India in 2011. Her research interests include
security and privacy issues in Io T such as smart homes,
buildings, vehicular networks, computer network and
communication, and distributed algorithms.
Shantanu Sharma received his Ph. D. in computer
science in 2016 from Ben-Gurion University, Israel,
and M. Tech. in computer science from the National
Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India, in 2011.
He was awarded a gold medal for the first position in
his M. Tech. degree. Currently, he is pursuing his post
doc at the University of California, Irvine assisted by
Prof. Sharad Mehrotra. His research interests include
designing models for MapReduce computations, data
security, distributed algorithms, mobile computing,
and wireless communication.
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So what now? Is this the end of good
papers or an end of the existing ethical
system for the research or review community? Is there any solution to prevent
plagiarism? In order to answer these
questions, we need to first answer the
1. What must an editor do? To prevent authorship plagiarism, the editor must first verify authors and reviewers (as suggested by the authors).
The editor may also investigate the
reviews to some extent, and avoid
citation plagiarism by reviewers or
2. Single- or double-blind review? The
double-blind review process can only
help if the paper is not assigned to a
fake identity. However, the double-blind
review has its own merits and faults,
and is a whole topic worthy of dis-
cussion. Nevertheless, some leading
conferences, like SIGMOD and AIIDE,
believe in the double-blind rule to sup-
port a fair review system.
3. Why not publish reviews and acknowledge reviewers? This could be an
influential step toward an honest review process. After accepting a paper,
the journal would publish the reviews
with the paper. In addition, rewarding
the best reviewers of the year/quarter/
volume would also help in improving
review skills. Springer’s Distributed
Computing announced the first best reviewer award in 2012.
4. What should be done after identify-
ing a plagiarist? A combustible ques-
tion is who is responsible for figuring
out plagiarism: editors, reviewers, the
journal team, or the authors whose
paper is plagiarized? In addition,
once a journal uncovers an author as
a plagiarist, the journal may commit I m
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