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AMS Board endorses American Historical Association's Statement on Plagiarism

Sunday, June 23, 2019   (1 Comments)

At its meeting held on 23 June 2019 the AMS Board of Directors voted to endorse the American Historical Association's Statement on Plagiarism


Vivian S. Ramalingam says...
Posted Monday, November 4, 2019
The public record of the plagiarism of my MMus thesis is found in Mary Rasmussen's review of the offending book (and DMA thesis) in MLA NOTES, September 1984. The practical response was far from the abhorrence called for by the AHS statement. The Press (which had not adequately vetted the manuscript in the first place) withdrew the book. The DMA grantor was maliciously convinced to reject my complaint, and did not so much as reprimand the plagiarist; the deans of both my and the plagiarist's schools reportedly commiserated in a bar over the perceived embarrassment; and the perpetrator's job (which included teaching a course in research methods and Bibliography, in view of his degree in Library Science) was shielded by marriage. It is important that the AHS's valuable statement on ethics is embraced by the AMS, but in the absence of a climate of moral weight and suasion, the plea to abhorrence can only be symbolic. (O Tempora . . . )