Plagiarism means taking and using ideas and words from other people and presenting them as if they are your own. This means you are deceiving people. You are trying to make readers think that someone else’s research is part of your own original work.
There are many forms of plagiarism:
It is extremely important to avoid plagiarism. It is unethical and totally unacceptable in scientific writing. Publishers take plagiarism extremely seriously. They will reject any work seen to contain plagiarized text. Sometimes it is obvious that a manuscript contains plagiarism. But there are also software programs that can analyze written work. This software can detect copied text.
Always use your own words. Always acknowledge the work of others by citing the original source.