Scientific Non-Profit Takes Proactive Steps to Preventing Plagiarism With iThenticate Logo Recommendations Program

Non-profit organization adopts iThenticate program to prevent plagiarism in its three journals before authors submit their work

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the rise in scholarly misconduct, publishers are increasingly adopting new processes to protect themselves against plagiarism. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a non-profit organization of nutrition researchers and publisher of three academic journals on nutrition and dietetics—The Journal of Nutrition, Advances in Nutrition and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition—has joined those taking an additional step to prevent duplication. ASN is the latest publisher to place a badge on their website and publications signaling to authors that all submissions will be screened using iThenticate, the industry's leading plagiarism detection and prevention technology.

As part of the iThenticate Logo Recommendations Program, ASN clearly discloses its plagiarism policy and its use of iThenticate to identify instances of duplication. It also presents authors with a direct link to the iThenticate website, where they can check their own papers prior to submission using the same software.

"We have a goal to publish original material and up until now, we haven't had the tools to ensure that we're doing just that," said Sarah McCormack, editorial manager at the American Society for Nutrition. "Every author who submits to our journals now knows that we screen for plagiarism, and we think that's a service both to the authors—who are welcome to check their own work through iThenticate before submitting—and to our readers, who know that what we publish is credible."

Since 2011, ASN has participated in CrossCheck powered by iThenticate, a service offered by CrossRef® and iParadigms, the maker of iThenticate, that has more than 300 leading publisher participants that permit use of published works within the iThenticate database. This database enables publishers to check writing against more than 122 million content items, including 32 million scholarly articles, books and conference proceedings from more than 90,000 publications, and 24 billion web pages.

To date, nearly 600 journals by leading publishers and publishing organizations—including Palgrave Macmillan, Sophia Publishing Group and Landes Bioscience—have posted an iThenticate logo on their author information pages.

"We're happy to welcome the ASN journals to the fast-growing group of scholarly publications who are shining a spotlight on the importance of avoiding misconduct and preventing incidents of duplication," said Chris Cross, general manager of iThenticate.

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About iThenticate

iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 24 billion web pages and 122 million content items, including 32 million published works from over 300 scholarly publisher participants of CrossCheck, a service offered by CrossRef® and powered by iThenticate software. iThenticate is developed by Turnitin, the leader in plagiarism and originality checking for educational institutions worldwide. The company is headquartered in Oakland, California with international offices in Newcastle, United Kingdom.

About ASN

ASN is the authoritative voice on nutrition and publisher of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Journal of Nutrition, and Advances in Nutrition. Established in 1928, ASN's more than 4,500 members in more than 65 countries work in academia, practice, government and industry. ASN advances excellence in nutrition research and practice through its publications, education, public affairs and membership programs.
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