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Dear colleagues, 
in the August newsletter we bring you invitations for a project on contract cheating, workshop for PhD students, call for papers for Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond 2018 and also some interesting news.
European Network for Academic Integrity is already accepting the first members and supporters, we would like to announce a planned change in the concept of this regular newsletter. Receiving the newsletter is one of the benefits of the ENAI membership, but so far we have been sending it to everybody who was interested. In this way, it is going be until the end of the year 2017. With the start of 2018 the newsletter will be sent exclusively only to the members and supporters, so the last newsletter sent both to the members and non-members will be in December 2017.

Global Essay Mills Survey

Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic and University of Canberra are jointly preparing a project on contract cheating. The aim of the project is to conduct an international student survey on essay mills called “Global Essay Mills Survey” (GEMS). The survey is going to be launched at the Global ethics day at 18th October 2017.
We are going to collect data from students from the whole of Europe, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. For this reason the project will need translations to local languages and local people in the countries to help to disseminate the questionnaires.
The questionnaire was designed by the project leader Rebecca Awdry. The project has support from the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) and ENAI to help disseminate it.
The aim of the survey is to gather information from students about why they have chosen to go to university, how they may have been engaged in contract cheating, and if so, how frequently, and why they think students may cheat. Not only are we hoping to gather a more realistic picture on the numbers of students who use essay mills, but also to compare countries and conduct one of the first international studies to compare student learning behaviours.

How we need your help!
The project team is looking for enthusiastic helpers (especially from non-English speaking countries) who would like to help as "country managers" for their countries. This will require people to help us disseminate the survey across your country and contact other higher education institutions to spread the survey. Unfortunately there is no funding for the project, so the counter-value for the helpers is an offer of access to anonymized data for their country, which can be used for your own research purposes. If you would like to be more involved, there would be the possibility for you to become a key contact of the project, and formally join the project team. This would require you to help with distribution, translation is required, involvement in the project, analysis of data and support in future publications. Please note, we do not need further key contacts from Australia, Czechia, or the UK.
If you think that you might be interested, or want further information, please contact the project team at

Paper Development Workshop for PhD Students

Call for Applications for 3rd Paper Development Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Scholars in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
Name: “Managing and organizing in challenging times”
Dates: 2 – 4 November 2017
Place: Transilvania University of Braşov (Romania)
Applications: Sent motivation letter and an extended abstract to Horia Moaşa ( before September 3rd, 2017.
Price: The workshop is free of charge. Meals and accommodation will be provided to all selected participants. A limited number of travel grants will be offered depending on needs and funding availability; please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for such support.
Sponsored by European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) and Organization Studies (OS), in collaboration with Organization & Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management.
Detailed information can be found in the following PDF.

Call for papers: Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond 2018

Call for papers for the 4th International Conference Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond 2018.
"Fostering academic integrity through consistent and transparent approaches"
9th-11th May 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 30th November 2017
Ephesus, Turkey

Research papers, synopsis, posters and workshops are welcome in following areas:
Section I: Policy efforts to address issues of academic integrity:
  • Evaluation of ethics infrastructure.
  • Institutional and national standards of academic integrity.
  • Challenges in the implementation of academic incentive awards.
Section II: Academic Integrity projects and applications:
  • Best practices and strategies for awareness, prevention, and detection of academic misconduct.
  • Internationalisation, student mobility and academic integrity.
  • National and local projects about academic integrity.
Section III: Use of technology in addressing issues of academic integrity:
  • Innovation in the use of e-tools and technologies for addressing plagiarism.
  • Identifying texts modified by a paraphrasing tool.
Section IV: Misconduct and challenges in higher education:
  • Mind stimulating drugs.
  • Plagiarism in literary texts and translation.
  • Contract cheating including ghost-writing and essay mills.
  • Fake publishing in predatory or hijacked journals.

Irresistibly tempting plagiarism

A new principal of an US high school resigned before he actually started due to plagiarism in his introduction letter. The email sent to all school staff, where the principal was introducing himself, was less than one page long and the majority of it was plagiarized.
Based on this case, ABC FOX Montana came up with an idea of a “Google investigation” with the text of the welcome letter. They revealed that the same ideas in almost exact wording appear in many welcome letters of high school principals all over the country in last few years. The original welcome letter probably comes from 2014.
There was a similar case in Italy with a different outcome. One of members of the board of directors of the Italian Agency for the evaluation of university and research (ANVUR, was caught plagiarizing the essay which allowed him to win the position. The qualification text contained broad literal extracts coming from four texts of other authors, which he did not mention.
After some (but not so much) debate, the president of ANVUR decided that such plagiarism was not relevant, since "plagiarism only occurs in published scientific papers" and that “the document was private”.  
Sources:,, in Italian only

Tips for Presenting Scientific Images with Integrity

Infographics by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with few basic tips for image editing to keep the research integrity.
Find more infographics about the research integrity here.

Eight steps to creating a culture that fosters academic integrity

Blackboard's eLearnMagazine has a special issue focused on plagiarism. We found there an interesting simple guide for promoting academic integrity: Overcoming plagiarism: 8 steps to creating a culture that fosters academic integrity and also an article named Rise in plagiarism requires integrated strategies which briefly sums up the issue of plagiarism - current trends, reasons and possible reactions.

We will approach with the next newsletter at the beginning of October, if you want to share with us and with other recipients interesting news from your country or some curiosities from the area of academic integrity, we will welcome your contributions. Please send them to us before 24th September to

Sincerely yours
European Network for Academic Integrity team
European Network for Academic Integrity, 2017

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