Institutional policies on plagiarism management: A comparison of universities in mainland China and Hong Kong

Xiaoya Sun, Guangwei Hu

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Long characterized as a primary form of academic misconduct and a major threat to academic integrity, the issue of plagiarism has been extensively researched from multiple perspectives, including students’ and academic staff’s perceptions and attitudes concerning plagiarism, measures for detecting and deterring plagiarism and their effectiveness, and the higher education sector’s response to plagiarism. Yet knowledge remains patchy regarding this last strand of research. With the aim of bridging this research gap, we examine and compare the plagiarism management policies adopted by a selection of universities in mainland China and Hong Kong, two contexts that have been influenced by different academic traditions. Analysis reveals both similarities and divergences in these universities’ communication of plagiarism-related information, mechanism for plagiarism detection, provision of academic guidance and support for avoiding plagiarism, and competing discourses on plagiarism underpinning their mixed approaches to the problem. Implications for institutional policymaking and academic integrity education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAccountability in Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Academic misconduct
  • Hong Kong
  • institutional policy
  • mainland China
  • plagiarism management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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