Raising awareness of academic integrity at all levels is a real issue among education stakeholders. Which anti-plagiarism software should be used, how to deployed it, and with which associated usage? What should be included in the institution's policy and how to train and communicate about it? What is the role of each stakeholder?
These are the questions that the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI) is working on to promote academic integrity.
Dita Henek Dlabolova (ENAI Executive Manager) points out that :
'Almost every definition of plagiarism includes a note about failing to cite properly. Obviously, no one can cite properly without being taught about it. Also, good writing and working with sources is not something we are born with, but it is rather a craft that we need to learn. Taking another aspect: teachers are asked to check students’ texts for plagiarism. Hence, also the teachers need to acquire knowledge on how to recognize plagiarism or how to work with anti-plagiarism systems. Therefore, in order to prevent plagiarism and to increase the quality of academic works, all involved parties need to gain the necessary amount of knowledge and skills. In the European Network for Academic Integrity, we believe that education is the key aspect of the prevention of plagiarism.'
In addition, Dr Salim Razi (Director, Centre for Academic Integrity, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey) states that :
'Such institutions wrongly hope that campus-wide use of text-matching software will ensure detection of plagiarism automatically and delivering sanctions for the offenders will have solved the issue. Although it is true that text-matching software may help institutions cultivate a culture of academic integrity, special care should be given benefiting from pedagogical approaches in the implementation of text-matching tools. It is therefore essential to develop proactive and/or pedagogic academic integrity policies.'