Plagiarism is considered one of the most critical aspects of academic misconduct and violates academic integrity. This research aimed to assess faculty members' attitudes towards plagiarism (ATP) in 40 Egyptian universities using a questionnaire designed to explore such behaviour in the academic community. In 2018, the ATP questionnaire, in an Arabic version of 25 statements, was distributed to measure positive and negative ATP as well as the subjective norms. Additionally, these attitudes were examined according to three main variables. The results revealed a moderate attitude among the respondents (n = 254) as the mean scores for positive attitudes, negative attitudes, and subjective norms were 28 ± 7, 20 ± 3, and 20 ± 4, respectively. There were no significant differences between the groups in terms of studying abroad and training on academic integrity and scientific writing. According to specialization, mean scores indicated that the faculty in the disciplines of basic and applied sciences had a stronger ATP than faculty from the disciplines of social sciences, education, and arts. Given the tested ATP, the study recommended several procedures by the Supreme Council of Universities, including developing an academic integrity policy, launching an obligatory training programme on plagiarism, and establishing an international publishing unit in each campus to disseminate awareness of academic integrity.
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I would like to thank all the respondents in the survey for their valuable assistance. I also express sincere appreciation to Prof. Mohamed Said, a professor at the faculty of physical education, Helwan University, for the statistical work; Dr. Sarah Saleh, and Mr. Hassan Ashry, the consultants of DLU, for technical review; and Dr. Heba Mahmoud, department of psychology, Helwan University, for questionnaire reviewing.
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Note: The paper was previously published in Arabic language in the International journal of library and information science: a publication of Egyptian Library Association (Mohamed and Farouk 2019).
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Ali, M.F. Attitudes towards plagiarism among faculty members in Egypt: a cross-sectional study. Scientometrics (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-021-03872-8
- Academic integrity
- Higher education
- Egyptian universities
- Research evaluation