To ensure that NTU maintains the highest standards of research integrity in our work, there is a need to ensure that publications of research done at NTU, including theses and dissertations, adhere to responsible reporting practices. Such good reporting practices include, but are not limited to, proper authorship attribution and avoiding plagiarism.
Research work done at the graduate level by Masters or PhD students is presented to supervisors and Schools in the form of theses / dissertations, which often form the basis for further development work both locally and globally. The usage of students' own previously published materials such as book chapters, articles, reports, letters, posters, etc. in their theses / dissertations is allowed*. The guidelines to differentiate between real plagiarism and duplication from student's own publications can be found in NTU's guideline titled "Further Guidance on anti-plagiarism checks on Masters and PhD Theses". Since the incorporation of the student's (own) prior works into theses or dissertations has become increasingly common and plagiarism is on the rise, all theses / dissertations submitted by students must now include three statements that are to be acknowledged by students and supervisors, where applicable, prior to submission. This requirement is also reflected in the revised Research Integrity Policy for the Responsible Conduct of Research which has been reviewed and approved by the President's Council as of end March 2018.
The following are the statements to be included in all theses and dissertations:
- Statement of Originality: Certifies that work done and reported is the student's own and has not been previously submitted to another University or Institution.
- Supervisor Declaration Statement: Formerly provided as a separate insert to theses / dissertations, this statement is to now be included within the submission.
- Authorship Attribution Statement: Details the contribution of each author to the study.
These 3 statements can be downloaded here, and must be included in all theses / dissertations by students. As these are templates, Schools are encouraged to adapt them to suit their requirements.
Additionally, a complete thesis template to provide guidance to students (adapted to NTU's School of Material Science and Engineering) can be found here. Schools may wish to refer to this template and tailor it to suit their needs.
For queries regarding the above, please contact email@example.com.
* Note: Although the usage of student's own previously published materials in theses / dissertations is acceptable, it is the responsibility of the student to comply with the copyright transfer agreement / publication agreement and obtain written permission / confirmation from the journal/Editor, if applicable.