iBCScorp Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism Is:

Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit, and therefore claiming them as your own. The concept of plagiarism is considered stealing, and will result in serious consequences.

Examples of unacceptable plagiarism include:

Cut and Paste – When utilizing an online source, it is easy to highlight words relevant to one’s topic and “paste” it into their own work. When that person cites the source, this is not considered plagiarism; however, doing so without giving credit to the author is unethical and dishonest.

For example, let’s say someone is writing a paper on the importance of sterilizing medical equipment. That person went to the website for the Center for Disease Control and found the sentence “...the use of inadequately sterilized critical items represents a high risk of transmitting pathogens…” If this person uses those words without giving credit to the author or website, they are plagiarizing.

Ideas that are not public knowledge – Using ideas that are common knowledge (five sources or more) would not be considered plagiarism, even if the words or ideas used are those used elsewhere, such as “Idaho’s state bird is the mountain bluebird.” This is information that is easily available to everyone at all times.

On the other hand, if one were to come up with the idea of an invention and pass it off as their own without giving credit to the maker, that would be plagiarism. For example, if one was talking to a coworker in the break room and shared a business plan they developed, then the second person went to the boss and claimed the idea as their own, it would be considered plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a plague in digital content creation.

When searching the web, we have found entire paragraphs come up for the top 10 to 20 websites on Google, which are exactly the same, by companies who profess to be digital marketing and content experts. That is unfair to the original creator who is not receiving credit for his or her own work, and devalues the work and effort of the original author.

How can you, as a company, stop plagiarism?

Be aware of those you hire– If you have knowledge of one of your employees who is plagiarizing, please put an end to it. If you know a candidate for a position within your company has a history of plagiarism, make them aware of your plagiarism policy and keep them on a probationary period.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Sometimes plagiarism can occur unintentionally. When people read an article, those words are embedded in their mind. It can be difficult to reword something you do not fully understand. For this reason, it is important to check up on what one is writing to make sure they are using their own words.

When one is sharing information, that person should use his or her own words to do so; that includes using one’s own ideas. However, it is still important to remember that even if an idea is reworded, it can still be considered plagiarism if the idea is not common knowledge. Be sure to reference from whence the ideas come to avoid plagiarism.

iBCScorp Values:

  • Integrity
  • Charity
  • Humility
  • Persistence
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Courage
To learn more about iBCScorp’s corporate values, visit our Corporate Values page >>Link to /corporate-values

Plagiarism is unacceptable and inexcusable.

Plagiarism is dishonest, deceitful, unethical, and unkind. The person who comes up with notable words or thoughts deserves to receive credit for his or her own ideas. At iBCScorp, we do not tolerate any form of plagiarism. As content creators, it is vital that we carefully consider everything we produce as our own ideas, the ideas of our clients, or appropriately referenced ideas of others.

What is iBCScorp doing to curb the plague of plagiarism?

We do not work with companies who plagiarize.

If iBCScorp has knowledge of a company plagiarizing any of their work, we will not work with them. We will not support the concept of stealing someone else’s ideas.

We do not hire people who plagiarize.

As we initially review applications for content developers, writers, and editors, we evaluate their work looking for plagiarism. If they have plagiarized, they are removed from the candidate list for a position at iBCScorp.

We provide training and education to prevent plagiarism.

It is important to iBCScorp that all of our employees are aware of the severity of plagiarism, and do what they can to avoid it. For that reason, we train all content creators on what plagiarism is, how to identify it, and how to avoid it.

This document is used as part of our onboarding process for content creators.

Each content creator within iBCScorp, has read to and agrees to this plagiarism policy as part of our onboarding documents. They also agree with our corporate values, which includes this policy. If they do not agree to adhere to this policy, they will not work for iBCScorp.

We review for plagiarism as part of our content delivery process.

After the initial creation of content for a website, or anything we produce, the creator will check his or her work to be sure no plagiarism has occurred unintentionally. Following the first draft, an editor will review the content for plagiarism. After a final check, the content will be published.

We have severe consequences for plagiarism. These are:

First Occurrence

The violator is given a warning and is referred to this document. They are given a chance to change their behavior.

Second Occurrence

The writer is put on probationary notice, and any additional work they submit is evaluated with more scrutiny than before. This is their final warning.

Third and Final Occurrence

The writer is terminated from the company effective immediately, without severance pay. We will be unable to provide a positive reference for this associate, as we cannot recommend someone to another company who plagiarizes.

If you have any questions regarding plagiarism, or any of our corporate values, please contact us.