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Plagiarist promoted to professor

Published lördag 22 juni 2013 kl 16.33

A teacher and researcher at Kristianstad University has been appointed professor despite having a known history of plagiarism.

In a report, he copied 86 paragraphs from an English dissertation and cited information from an authority without crediting the source.

An inquiry established that the teacher committed plagiarism as well as copyright-infringement, local newspaper Kristianstadsbladet reports.

However, there was no proven intent to mislead the university and the head of the inquiry urged the research committee considering the teacher's promotion to disregard the text.

Kristianstad University's prorector Ann-Sofie Holm told Swedish Radio that the text was not scientific, but part of a project report.

The researcher's application for the professorship position was approved in Spring.

Out of the four experts who had a say in the appointment, three agreed that the teacher should be offered the job.

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