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Survey reveals cheating worry

NEARLY half the science-related workers in China's research institutes, universities, medical institutes and hospitals think academic cheating is "common," a survey by the China Association for Science and Technology has found.

The survey, released in Beijing yesterday, showed that 43 percent of 30,078 respondents think plagiarism is "really" or "rather" serious in China. About 45 percent of them were worried about fabrication.

Some 55 percent said they were sure of at least one case of plagiarism, fabrication or sending one thesis to several journals for publication among science researchers they knew in real life.

Cheating has always been a big headache in Chinese academic circles. It has been highlighted since last October when an associate professor of pharmacology at Zhejiang University was found to have plagiarized in eight of his theses.

He Haibo was dismissed by the university in November. His case evoked heated public discussion as it also involved Li Lianda, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and one of the country's first-class scientists.

In the survey, 30.3 percent of workers attributed cheating to the current evaluation system that appraises researchers' academic performances largely by the number of theses they wrote and had published.


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