1-day doctoral seminar

Published on 24/11/2015

Practical steps for managing the risk of plagiarism

This introductory seminar lasts 4 or 6 hours. It is similar to the seminar that we lead every year for the university consortium Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO) on managing plagiarism risks.

Professor Michelle Bergadaà


There are numerous cases of plagiarism in scientific research today. Our work as researchers has changed dramatically as a result of the rule of “publish or perish,” electronic communications, online libraries and other factors. These changes have come about so quickly that we have not had time to establish stable guidelines for ethical behavior. Every year, PhD dissertations are rejected and reputations destroyed on the grounds of academic negligence because the authors plagiarized the writings of others. At the same time, there are young researchers who realize their work has been stolen but do not know how to assert their rights.

We begin this seminar by reviewing the rules you should follow to avoid making plagiarism-related mistakes. We then outline the procedures you should put in motion if you are yourself the victim of plagiarism or a related practice (if you, for example, are forced to use a ghostwriter, self-plagiarize, or are translated without your authorization) in order to remain in control of the situation. We also show you how to put together evidence relating to a claim of plagiarism and how to present it (from the perspectives of both the victim and the person accused of plagiarism).

Course objectives

  • To explain the different profiles of the plagiarists who we have encountered in our work on scientific research, including the plagiarism-related pitfalls associated with each one, and to provide guidance on how to react if you are the victim.
  • To provide guidelines on how to handle plagiarism cases involving complex conflict situations and a number of participants (doctoral candidates, professors, administrators, authors, journals, etc.).


Presentations based on the work we have been doing on the subject over the past 10 years, including through the website
Analysis of case reports based on real-life situations that we have encountered