Papers that plagiarize only text can still contribute to the literature, but any errors or omissions should be prominently corrected, says Praveen Chaddah.
The ease with which large chunks of text can be digitally scanned and compared with what has previously been published has produced a new breed of academic watchdog. Plagiarism-detection software has opened up scrutiny of scientific publications to non-experts and text that has been copied and pasted without proper attribution is now a common reason for papers being retracted. Hobbyists and political opponents have made a cottage industry out of searching the back catalogues of high-profile individuals for evidence of such misdeeds. (...) - by Praveen Chaddah, Nature, 09 July 2014