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Lecturer seeks apology over plagiarized article

A UNIVERSITY lecturer is demanding an apology and compensation from a university vice principal and a postgraduate student after one of his lectures was plagiarized for an article.

The student has had his doctoral degree revoked and has received a demerit, China National Radio reported yesterday.

The article was published in the academic journal "Philosophy Research" this year and carried the bylines of Lu Jierong, vice principal of Liaoning University, and Yang Lun, a doctoral candidate at Beijing Normal University.

Wang Lingyun, 30, a lecturer in philosophy with Yunnan University in southwest China, said almost 80 percent of the article was copied from a lecture "What is Theory?" he wrote in 2002.

Wang told the radio station that his article was published online in 2004 and was widely copied on other Websites.

Wang said he had had documents notarized to prove the plagiarism.

Liaoning University officials told the radio that Lu was innocent of plagiarism - Yang had carried it out alone.

The university had investigated Lu after hearing about the plagiarism, according to its Party secretary, Wang Shan.

Lu did not know Yang had published the article using his name and was unaware the article was plagiarized.

According to Wang, Yang had completed his bachelor's and master's degrees of philosophy at Liaoning University tutored by Lu. He later studied for his doctorate at Beijing Normal University.

Yang acknowledged the plagiarism and said he would take full responsibility.

He had put Lu as the first writer because he hoped that would help him get the article published more easily.


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