To cite the word “a ball” or not to cite…This is the question.

The most challenging part of the article for Kazakhstani researchers is writing Literature Review, as language barrier, along with the different prospects and perception of APA style causes some difficulties for academics from post soviet countries.  The issue of plagiarism is also under great consideration and now some researchers are suffering from the previously unknown disease, which is “plagiarism fear”. There two directions flowing to opposite sides: the first is spread of literature review as a basis for authors’ ideas, second direction not to use, or limitedly use resources to avoid “plagiarism” or “greygiarism” issues.

This is fashion nowadays to cite very many sources to show how much evidence based your research is. On the other hand, quantity  of citations does not sometimes indicate quality of the research. Moreover, it is easy to transform authors’ ideas for your own advantage citing or quoting short pieces of somebody’s work regardless the general meaning. It also worth mentioning that some authors read only abstracts, and this is now good tool to understand the main results and methods.

The main challenge for me is sometimes too complicated structure, language or methods, described in the article. I think really good academic works are understandable for all, to the contrary, poor works to gain the shadow of professionalism tend to show what complicated research was done. I sometimes suspect that even the author does not understand the flow of his/her ideas. So, we should write professionally, but take into consideration that a piece of your writing is meant to be born to be read by otgher people and you do not  write for yourself.

One more issue is testing your paper through software to identify the percentage of “text originality”, which guarantees high percentage of plagiarism and doubtful conclusions. What I know I took from somebody. Shall I use quotation marks when writing the word “a ball”, giving the reference for my Mom? And even when I cite my Mom, it will appear that I was wrong and that was somebody else, who called a ball to be a ball.

So there are many challenges for researchers with Soviet background perception or previous postgraduate study, and I intended to present some of the funny ideas with this writing.

Advertisements

One thought on “To cite the word “a ball” or not to cite…This is the question.

  1. Another strong post, Oxana. Let me point out some recurring issues with articles and comma splices.

    1) articles needed:
    The most challenging part is writing ____ Literature Review.
    The first is ___ spread of ___ literature review as a basis for authors’ ideas.
    This is now ___ good tool to understand the main results and methods.
    2) Comma splice: I think really good academic works are understandable for all, to the contrary, poor works to gain the shadow of professionalism tend to show what complicated research was done.

    You make some great points about the complex interaction between academic quality and academic honesty. Thanks for your critical and thoughtful presentation of your ideas.

    4.5/5

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s