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From a legal perspective, any unauthorised reproduction (total or partial) of a work (no matter what kind or in what format) can be subject to legal proceedings, within criminal or civil law (article 80 and onwards of the Act of June 30, 1994, concerning author’s rights and related rights). That is also true when the sources used come from documents available on ‘Open Access’ (Thys, 2009, p. 35).
Within the context of university education
It is not just about simple respect for the author, but well and truly a basic element in the mechanism of how academic and scientific knowledge is constructed, in the same way as not falsifying data, for example.
Relevant and quality references, presented according to the regulations in force in the different disciplines, are thus signals of the professionalism expected and valorised by the university institution.