I recently submitted a paper to an Elsevier Journal (Biomedical Signal Processing and Control), in the revision stage they propose to me to send a part of my work as MethodX article https://www.journals.elsevier.com/methodsx alongside my revised research article and if my paper accepted for publication the MethodX article will automatically be transferred to MethodX where will be reviewed and published as a separate article.

Now, If I prepared the MethodX article, should I change the original text, rewrite (not be guilty of plagiarism) or just take parts from the original article and format a MethodX article?

This is in concern with the master’s thesis awarded in 2015. I got a high mark for it.For the coding the application I had hired a tutor who guided me through the libraries, discussions, and demos but I did my work too and not directly copied.Some of the code submitted by me to the university has his email address and other redundant folder stuff/traces.This is because sometimes the demo file was running on his PC and we generally discussed over TeamViewer sessions and multiple laptops

Recently one of the university professors casually told me you had an interesting approach.Although no one has ever contacted me about this and its well over 2.5 years. This was related to coding only.My questions are

1)Worst case scenario
2)Can someone go legal and ask the Skype/phone to get after me to investigate the actual conversations
3)Could I lose some marks just because of some odd folder naming thing and the occasional mention of the email address of tutor in a test case?

I am starting to design my personal website and I would like to devote part of the site to sharing knowledge in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science.

My main concern is determining what is ethical to share and what isn’t.

I don’t plan on publishing solutions to homework exercises or questions from my previous exams, as this seems obvious to me.

What I would like to share is the content of the individual subjects such as:

  • Definitions
  • Theorems
  • Examples (Those of which I create myself)
  • References
  • My personal interpretation of the subject matter

My concern is in regards to sharing definitions and theorems is ensuring I am not plagiarizing works from textbooks and professor’s lectures.

Since there is only but so many ways to rephrase a definition before it loses its meaning, how much should I change the representation of a definition (or Theorem) so I am not plagiarizing how it appears in particular text?

My final concern is in regard to reference other sources of knowledge. Throughout my college experience, I am constantly looking for multiple resources to supplement my learning. For example, YouTube video series X does a really good job with an introduction to Linear Algebra. Would it be ethical to reference or add links on my personal website to YouTube video series X?

This question is specifically about a high school course, but it should be applicable to any online course in general.

I was taking a physics course online to skip it in school, those courses are really expensive, so I took the cheapest one that my school was allowing me to take, and it was understandably low quality. This much was ok and expected.

What wasn’t ok however, was that all the questions on the quizzes and exams were stolen from the internet. Every single question was taken from some school’s “Ch 3 Review Sheet” or “2008 XYZ High School Physics Final Exam” etc. that was made public online.

My parents paid $500 for this course and the people didn’t actually write anything themselves, and I’m pretty angry.

So my question is twofold:

  1. Is it ok for a course to do this?
  2. If not, is there any official organization I can complain to.




using namespace std;

int main()
int num, guess, tries = 0;
num = rand() % 100 + 1;
cout << “Guess my number: nn”;

do {
    cout << "enter a guess between 1 and 100: ";
    cin >> guess;
    if (guess > num) {
        cout << "It is too highn";
    else if (guess < num) {
        cout << "It is to lown";
    else {
        cout << "nCorrect. You got it in " << tries << "guess!n";
} while (guess != num);
return 0;


A few years ago I undertook the position of co-editor as a journal and organized a redesign of the entire journal: new layout, new cover, new typesetting, new printers, everything. I’m very proud of all of this work, and I make sure to bring it up in cover letters and interviews.

I learned about a year ago that my fellow co-editor lists on their CV that they redesigned the journal. (Note: they didn’t even claim that they organized it, which would also be false, but that they did the redesigning, so it’s plagiarism of the designers and typesetters, too.) But this is unequivocally false; they had precisely zero contact with our new designer, our new typesetters, or our new printers. I’m not even sure this individual knows what articles we published in the volumes for which they were co-editor.

Despite my frustrations with what I felt was outright plagiarism of my career, I ignored it. But I’ve recently learned that this person and myself are on the shortlist for the same job.

In my eyes, I’m in a lose/lose situation:

  • When two CVs say that a person was responsible for something, obviously at least one person is fudging the truth. I worry that my colleague’s CV calls my own honesty and integrity into question.
  • But I can’t really go speak to anyone about this, can I? It seems like I would just come across as trying to tattle or get a leg up in the job search.

What might make this more difficult is that I am an inside candidate, currently in a one-year position at this institution.

Is there anyone I can contact, or any way to approach this in a safe way?