1. CAN YOUR INSTITUTE ASSESS THIS CASE OF PLAGIARISM OR FRAUD?
No, that is not our purpose. We only carry out such assessments in the broader framework of a protocol of mediation.
2. IF YOUR ASSESSMENT FINDS PLAGIARISM OR FRAUD, CAN THAT BE CERTIFIED? I NEED AN INDEPENDENT BODY, SUCH AS YOUR INSTITUTE, TO CONFIRM THAT THERE HAS BEEN PLAGIARISM?
Our procedure is to always verify the solidity of the facts before getting involved. We only express an opinion on an assessment in cases where we have been asked to investigate by the head of an entity (such as the head of a doctoral program, the head of research, or the president of a university).
3. CAN I FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT PUBLICATIONS THAT PLAGIARIZED MY WORK IF THOSE PUBLICATIONS ARE MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD?
We always consider how the facts that you present prevent you from acting or publishing now. If the events happened a long time ago and did not prevent you from receiving your PhD or publishing, it is unlikely that you will be heard. If, however, you have just become aware of them and the plagiarism does harm you, you can request mediation.
4. WHAT ROLE CAN YOUR INSTITUTE PLAY IN MY PLAGIARISM COMPLAINT?
The Institute’s role is to help all the individuals and entities involved create a space for dialogue so that they may heal their wounds and set up communication protocols so that the situation does not happen again.