Academic integrity at doctoral level: the influence of the imposter phenomenon and cultural differences on academic writing

Jennifer Cutri, Amar Freya, Yeni Karlina, Sweta Vijaykumar Patel, Mehdi Moharami, Shaoru Zeng, Elham Manzari, Lynette Pretorius

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This conceptual review seeks to reframe the view of academic integrity as something to be enforced to an academic skill that needs to be developed. The authors highlight how practices within academia create an environment where feelings of inadequacy thrive, leading to behaviours of unintentional academic misconduct. Importantly, this review includes practical suggestions to help educators and higher education institutions support doctoral students’ academic integrity skills. In particular, the authors highlight the importance of explicit academic integrity instruction, support for the development of academic literacy skills, and changes in supervisory practices that encourage student and supervisor reflexivity. Therefore, this review argues that, through the use of these practical strategies, academia can become a space where a culture of academic integrity can flourish.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal for Educational Integrity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2021


  • Academic integrity
  • Academic misconduct
  • Plagiarism
  • Doctoral education
  • Academic writing
  • Imposter phenomenon

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