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University of Alicante Faculty of Arts issues a manifesto against plagiarism

Faculty of Arts' ad hoc meeting defends ethics in scientific reference 

 

Alicante. Thursday, 01 December 2016

The University of Alicante Faculty of Arts has passed unanimously this morning the issuance of a manifesto defending ethics in bibliographic reference. The text strongly condemns all practice contrary to the aforementioned reference and manifests commitment to transmitting ethics in both research and teaching activities.

It was approved by the Faculty of Arts academic staff in response to the controversy aroused by the complaint of the plagiarism of its texts by the Madrid University Rey Juan Carlos President. This special meeting, held with this very purpose, has been attended by UA Professor in Contemporary History Emilio La Parra, one of the researchers affected.

 

MANIFESTO

Manifesto from the University of Alicante Faculty of Arts standing up for ethics in scientific reference

After some researchers having reported plagiarism on some of their texts by the Rey Juan Carlos University President, the University of Alicante Faculty of Arts met on 1 December 2016 and passed th4e following manifesto defending ethics in scientific reference.

The essence of scientific work is based on honesty and ethics. Honesty and ethics consist of acknowledging the work of those who preceded us in our fields of knowledge as we always based our work on previous research. Any intended shortcut involves a double failure of not contributing to innovation in the knowledge and of extending the shadow of suspicion on the achievements produced in the performance of the researcher's obligations.

The University of Alicante Faculty of Arts, therefore, strongly condemns the practice contrary to this principle and, at the same time, expresses its research/teaching commitment and responsibility in the transmission of professional ethics in scientific progress, which is rendered into honesty and respect in scientific reference.

The University of Alicante Faculty of Arts acknowledges the exemplary effect on society, our students and young researchers of this essential principle of our work, and therefore, it is especially devastating for young generations in cases where authorities fail to comply this principle, especially in public institutions.

For this reason, the University of Alicante Faculty of Arts states that the constant acceleration of scientific processes, for the sake of an alleged productivity that has little or nothing to do with the necessary intellectual reflection, can never justify ethical rupture which involves the appropriation of ideas and works of colleagues.

In short,  continuous and accelerated scientific advancement must be governed by the ethics of scientific reference and this implies due recognition to the work of other researchers.

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALICANTE FACULTY OF ARTS MEMBERS HEREBY EXPRESS THEIR DECISION

 

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