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Is the Internet to Blame for the Rise of Plagiarism?

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Aug 26, 2015 4:01:00 PM

These days, when many picture an academic plagiarist, they envision a student gleefully copying and pasting from Wikipedia in hopes of taking a shortcut on their coursework.

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5 Reasons Medical Publishing Professionals Should Use Plagiarism Detection Technology

Posted by Robert Creutz on May 14, 2014 3:40:00 PM

Several years ago, I attended the International Society for Medical Publishing Professionals (ISMPP) annual meeting.  As a presenter, I was introducing attendees to a new initiative called CrossCheck.  Our company, iParadigms, had recently partnered with CrossRef, a non-profit providing several services to the scholarly publishing community including Digital Object Identifier (DOI) registration.  The partnership was straightforward.  CrossRef's publisher and society members would receive access to iThenticate for use in editorial review in return for allowing us to index their published content.  Where plagiarism detection software is concerned, the primary value is the world of content against which you can compare manuscripts.  My introduction of the CrossCheck initiative received mixed reviews.  Many wondered how the use of our software would impact existing editorial processes.  Would efficiencies be affected?  Would the scholarly research community support the effort? 

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What you need to know about plagiarism software [video]

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Oct 11, 2013 7:00:00 AM

Plagiarism detection software is accessible, affordable and effective, yet many common misunderstandings exist about its use, functionality and capabilities. With this in mind, we recently released a paper that revealed seven misconceptions of plagiarism software. To elaborate even further on these points, two of the creators of the paper—Hallie Kapner and Jonathan Bailey—have recorded a brief video discussion. Together, they explore practical details of plagiarism software, give advice about proper usage, and even touch on best practices of scholarly writing, editing and publishing as it pertains to plagiarism detection.

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Why Technology Isn't The Root of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 25, 2013 10:36:00 AM

tree roots plagiarismA recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that teachers felt that, while technology has made writing easier to teach, it’s also made student writing less formal and, even more worrisome, led to an increase in plagiarism.

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Plagiarism Detection for HR & Marketing Departments

Posted by David Rothschild on Aug 3, 2012 9:58:00 AM

hiring plagiarismOnce it’s published, it’s permanent. This statement was made back in 2008 in a Columbia Journalism Review piece titled “Scrubbing Away their Sins” and it still holds true today. Jack Shafer referred to the same thing in his recent Reuters article on the NPR decision to remove Ahmad Shafi’s article from their website after duplicate content was discovered via a plagiarism check by one of their readers.

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Searching Journals on Open to Authors and Researchers

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jan 24, 2012 10:58:00 AM

search journals ithenticateiThenticate has launched a search function on its website that identifies journals and content partners that use iThenticate to check for originality and plagiarism through the CrossCheck user community.

The iThenticate comparison database contains millions of items that editors screen against to detect plagiarism and other types of misconduct. By searching on, visitors can find 70,000+ publications that use iThenticate, and over 30+ million scholarly articles, books and conference proceedings that have been indexed in the iThenticate database.

“The depth and breadth of scholarly content in our comparison database is truly massive,” said Chris Cross, general manager of iThenticate. “So, we have built this search capability as a tool to assist our existing customers as well as those exploring our solution for the first time. It will help them to cull through our content sources more easily and identify the content sources they care most about. For example, a customer that wishes to submit an article for publication to a particular journal can now very quickly determine if that journal uses iThenticate. Or, when submitting a document for comparison, the new search function allows that customer to quickly determine if a particular content source is part of our indexed reference database. This will provide our customers with additional confidence that the documents they are submitting for comparison are being compared against the content sources they care most about.”

Searchers can find journals by name, title or subject. Try searching now!

This news and more were announced in the January 2012 edition of the iThenticate plagiarism newsletter. Sign up for the free newsletter.

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Interview With COPE: How Has Technology Impacted Publishing?

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Nov 10, 2011 1:54:00 PM

Part 2 - Scholarly Publishing - Technological Impact

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Revocation of 3 German Politicians' Ph.Ds For Plagiarism, 3 Reactions

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jul 18, 2011 8:27:00 AM

Plagiarism choices reactionsIt’s been only a few months since German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned after being accused of plagiarizing his doctorate. Now two more German politicians have resigned and been stripped of their Ph.D’s as a result of plagiarism.

Last month Silvana Koch-Mehrin, a leading politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), and previously vice president of the European Parliament, was investigated by the The University of Heidelberg for plagiarism in her thesis, revocation of her Ph.D as the final result. According to, 120 passages on 80 different pages from nearly 30 different publications (and two-thirds of those not accurately cited) in her thesis were plagiarized.

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, also a member of the Free Democrats (FDP), is the latest German politician to be revoked of his doctorate for plagiarism. The faculty at the University of Bonn invested his Ph.D thesis and found enough evidence to revoke the doctorate degree.

All three of these political figures had different excuses to the accusation of plagiarism.

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SETAC Screens Research Manuscripts for Plagiarism

Posted by Jessica Gopalakrishnan on Jun 30, 2011 10:07:00 AM

setac logoJournals today are faced with the challenge of publishing work that may have been plagiarized. Publishing such work can seriously damage a journal's reputation. Thus, organizations are changing their editorial processes to detect and prevent plagiarism before papers are sent for review.

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Spam and Duplicate Content Already Plague E-Books

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 27, 2011 3:17:00 PM

ebook kindleLaura Miller from Salon recently penned a very enlightening article about the proliferation of ‘E-Book Spam,’ specifically on Amazon’s Kindle E-Reader. Although E-Books are still a relatively new form of content consumption, the medium is already facing the same spam problems that blogs and online publishers have battled with for more than a decade.

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