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The need for academics to be authority in their fields of specialisation is a fundamental requirement of the academic life. Yet, some academics do not wish to undergo the rigorous career path to excellence in teaching and research. Other younger academics wish to but do not know how to go about it. It is in the light of this that this article examines the inter-relationship between information ethics, publishing and plagiarism in the life of an academic. It also examines the gains of a productive academic life and how failure to publish or uphold ethical conduct in research or publishing often ruin the career and prospects of an academic. Finally, the article provides useful tips on ethical standard in research and publishing and how they can be maintained.