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Poles (Not So) Prone to Plagiarism: Study
Polish college students are less likely to plagiarize than French students, but they copy material almost twice as frequently as their counterparts in Germany, according to a study by international plagiarism detection company Plagramme.

International plagiarism statistics are topped by the countries of the former Soviet Union, with Russia and Belarus tied at the top spot, each with an almost 50 percent plagiarism rate for papers by university students. Poland’s rate is 16.3 percent.

According to Plagramme’s Carl Klaus, who conducted the study, even though Poland’s figure might seem insignificant when compared with Russia’s 48.2 percent and 27.9 percent for Lithuania, it is still almost twice as high as in Germany (9 percent) and four times higher than in Denmark.

In this respect, Poland also fares worse than the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Polish college students tend to plagiarize 36 percent more content than their Czech peers and 38 percent more than their counterparts in Slovakia.

The Plagramme study also sought to compare academic papers written in Polish and English. The findings show that the plagiarism rate for papers produced in a foreign language, at 27.3 percent, is almost double the figure for Polish-language papers. This major difference might suggest that plagiarism prevention tools used in Poland are either insufficient or used only to inspect Polish-language papers, according to Klaus. Poland is nevertheless on the right track to eliminating plagiarism, largely owing to private plagiarism detection systems that usually work more efficiently than those used by universities, Klaus says. Poland has also developed strong legislation to fight plagiarism and it is also commonplace for people in Poland to be held personally liable for plagiarism, according to Klaus. On the other hand, he says, plagiarism checks are still inadequate because of multiple languages used in source materials and papers, whereas college students often choose to plagiarize other people’s work even though they are well aware of the consequences of being caught in the act.

The Plagramme survey was conducted between Jan. 1 and April 1 on more than 100,000 papers from around the world.

Source: Polish Press Agency (PAP)