The news, first published by The Journal of Montrealwas confirmed by the rector of UQTR, Christian Blanchette, in an interview on the show Always in the morning.
In the past few months, the educational institution received an anonymous complaint about the book Sports and leisures : a history from the origins to the present day, by Laurent Turcot, published in 2016 by Éditions Gallimard.
The complaint identified 13 unquoted passages whose origins could be traced almost entirely to other documents. A group of experts was then set up to shed light on these allegations.
There were 13 passages and Professor Turcot made the references, but he did not make them as he should have done. He should have quotedexplained Mr. Blanchette to Radio-Canada.
This nuance, for us, is important and that is why the report says that there is a breach, that there is plagiarism, but that we judge that there is no malice. , because the sources were referenced, but they should have been cited.
The UQTR therefore did not sanction the professor, but rather asked him to be
more rigorous in the future.
The question of academic property, it is essential at UQTR and because
the work we do is precision workcontinued the rector.
The latter said that Laurent Turcot’s editor had confirmed that the passages would be corrected and quoted in future editions of the book.
A vendetta, according to the professor
According to what is reported by The Journal of MontrealLaurent Turcot defended himself before the group of experts by indicating that the book had been prepared using course documents, some passages of which were not referenced.
Quotation marks and references may have been mistakenly removed by him or his publisher for the sake of
ventilate the text, he would have argued.
In an interview with the Montreal daily, the professor admitted that
some mistakes were madebut without
bad faith. He also claimed it was a vendetta from a colleague who has been harassing him for years.
Laurent Turcot is known in the media landscape for his regular appearances on various networks, including Radio-Canada. He is the host of the podcast history buff, on Ohdio. His YouTube channel, History will tell us, has 377,000 subscribers.