Institute of Research and Action on Fraud and Plagiarism in Academia
An international research institute
The Institute was officially formed in Geneva on 18 June 2016. It is an independent organization and has no political or religious affiliation.
To create a forum for international, interdisciplinary scientific discussion on fraud and plagiarism, to aid and assist individuals and institutions affected by academic fraud or plagiarism, to conduct theoretical and applied research in those specific fields, and to formulate and disseminate a methodological protocol with respect to fraud and plagiarism.
The Institute functions as a research organization. This means that each case is dealt with collaboratively by the Scientific Committee, those working on the case and “country advisors” from the countries in question. All these parties work towards finding a viable and enduring solution for each case. This interaction-based research contributes to creating new knowledge that is firmly anchored to current reality.
It has been observed time and again that if a conflict involving fraud or plagiarism is not dealt with or is dealt with ineffectively, it will continue to resurface.
The Institute’s involvement occurs within a framework of mediation, which helps keep the interpersonal conflicts inherent in cases of fraud and plagiarism from degenerating into crises. The Institute aims to prevent the conflicts from escalating out of proportion to the original problems.