Plagiarism Policy for Writers

Visually defines plagiarism as the portrayal of another person’s words or ideas as your own. We do not tolerate plagiarism on the Visually platform. If we discover that you have plagiarized, you will no longer be eligible for work through Visually.

We have instituted the following rules to help you avoid plagiarism in Visually projects:

1. For direct quotes
You must always use quotation marks, footnotes, and citations. Verbatim statistics are considered direct quotes.

2. For paraphrased content
You must always use footnotes and citations. Reworded facts and statistics are considered paraphrased content.

We recognize that the research and writing process is complex, and that sometimes you may find yourself in a gray area. For example, you may incorporate ideas from sources with your own ideas, creating content that doesn’t exactly paraphrase, but that relies heavily on learned material. In these cases, citations without footnotes are sufficient.

Please review Visually’s 10 Rules for Sourcing for information on the proper format for citations.

If you find yourself faced with a particularly subtle or complicated situation involving content that is not your own, please feel free to reach out to Anni Murray, our Writer-in-Residence by contact us: She will work with you to determine the best way to acknowledge your sources, and to protect the integrity of your work.