Finding Facets of Academic Integrity and Plagiarism through the Prism of a Citation Database

  • Swapan Kumar Patra Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Anup Kumar Das Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Keywords: Plagiarism, Academic integrity, Research integrity, Publication ethics, Keyword analysis, Network analysis, India, UGC


With the recent growth of university education and the increasing amount of literature available on the web, there is concern among the academician and other interested about the research ethics and academic integrity. The Government of India, through the University Grant Commission (UGC), India has recently adopted policy document with a clear definition of the subject and policy measure to control the various issues that arise from it. This paper is an attempt to map the global publication and research trends in the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism issues. The paper uses different bibliometrics scientometrics and social network tools to map the literature growth pattern, subject areas and so on. The study is also trying to situate India’s position and its research trends in the global landscape in terms of literature growth, publication outlets, and keyword analysis. The study observed that the Indian scholarly literature in these areas are increasing in recent years. Although it is not at par with the global literature growth. The keyword analysis observed that Indian literature is more towards computer and ICT related literature rather than the global research in the medical subject (human is the second most occurring keywords). The study recommends more focusses and integrated research approach in other university and institutes in India.

Author Biographies

Swapan Kumar Patra, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Dr Swapan Kumar Patra did his PhD in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Presently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. His research interest is in globalisation of R&D with particular reference to developing countries, science technology indicators, scientometrics, innovation systems, open innovation and social network analysis.

Anup Kumar Das, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Dr Anup Kumar Das received his PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in 2009. He is an alumnus of CODATA-RDA Data Science International Training School. Presently working in the Centre for Studies in Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. His research interests revolve around open access, open educational resources (OER), open research data, information policies, knowledge societies, scientometrics, and altmetrics. He is the Co-Convener of ‘Open Access India’ – an advocacy group for promotion of open access, open science and OER.



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How to Cite
Patra, S., & Das, A. (2019). Finding Facets of Academic Integrity and Plagiarism through the Prism of a Citation Database. DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology, 39(2), 60-66.
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