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Chemistry: Fake authors/conferences

For new undergrads, transfer students this guide provides links to resources concerning chemical safety, ethics, database searching, acs citation and careers.

The importance of citing

So why bother citing references and provide correct data?

  • Take a look at Retraction Watch Website.
  • Even though a journal article undergoes a publisher's peer review process, it can still be retracted from it has been published in the journal, if plagiarism, incorrect data or unprofessional behavior has been reported.
  • Be aware that RIT faculty use Turnitin to check for plagiarism in papers.


-Journal publishers provide their 1.peer review instructions and 2. images permission to authors, which you should double check when you are not sure about an article and about using an image. 

-Some databases like Elsevier ScienceDirect, Ebsco make it easy to distinguish original research articles from review articles and peer review articles from other documents.

The best way to distinguish scholarly journal articles is to first look for the author's:

  1. references which will show the author's literature review method. Be suspect of an article that has only 2 or 3 references
  2. conclusion/summary section
  3. results section
  4. method section
  5. introduction
  6. abstract

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