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Study: plagiarism paradise is located in Russia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian students plagiarize less often than students in Lithuania, but still two times more often than students in Estonia, according to results of the latest study by plag.lv. Results are based on analysis of research work of more than 100,000.

It has been calculated that the matching coefficient for research works in Latvia is 19.95%. «Compared with Russia, where the matching coefficient is 50%, and Lithuania, where the coefficient is ~28%, it may seem like the situation in Latvia is not all that problematic. Nevertheless, these indexes are nearly two times higher than the ones in Estonia (~10%) and five times higher than the ones in Denmark,» – as reported by the author of the study Horst Klaus.

The highest plagiarism indexes are registered in Russia and post-Soviet countries. In Russia, Belarus and Moldova, plagiarism indexes are similar – nearly 50%. Plagiarism indexes are lower in Ukraine, but still significant – ~35%. «If there is a plagiarism paradise in the Universe, it is definitely located in Russia,» – said Klaus.

In Baltic States, except Lithuania, the level of intellectual property protection is close to standards of the Western culture. In Latvia and Estonia, the matching coefficient in research work is significantly lower in comparison with their eastern neighbours. The author of the study says: «Baltic States are torn between two cultures – west and east. The good news is that Latvia and Estonia are on the right side. Lithuania, on the other hand, is not as fortunate.»

The study compared works submitted in Latvia in English and Latvian language. Results show that no significant differences were found within the two language groups, which is not something that can be said about Poland. A similar study in Poland revealed that works submitted in English contained two times more signs of plagiarism than works submitted in Polish. No such problem was found in Latvia.

It is concluded that Latvia has to continue efforts to improve its plagiarism prevention measures. Poland, for example, offers plagiarism monitoring systems. In addition, they are considered more effective than plagiarism prevention systems offered by high schools. Legislation for plagiarism prevention measures also contributes much to combating this phenomenon in Poland. Latvia’s government should consider adopting such a system as well, researchers say.

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