Justin Taylor, executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway, then shared five lessons from this incident:
- 1. You cannot be too careful when taking notes. Some people plagiarize intentionally, but it often comes from not being careful.
- 2. Booth is wrong about exact wording of dictionary definitions being excluded from plagiarism.
- 3. Publishers, authors, teachers, and students should be aware that detection software exists when in doubt: e.g., http://www.ithenticate.com/
- 4. Some, especially those without academic training, simply haven’t been taught what plagiarism is. Here’s a start http://www.plagiarism.org/plagiarism-101/what-is-plagiarism
- 5. Plagiarism, intentional or not, is literary theft, and it should be repented of as such.
Justin kindly agreed to answer three questions about plagiarism for my readers: