University of Manitoba Integrates iThenticate for Students, Researchers, Faculty

Access to Plagiarism Detection Software Is Central to Efforts to Prevent Duplication, Ensure Originality and Integrity

Oakland, Calif., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Like most academic institutions, the University of Manitoba is deeply concerned about misconduct and committed to maintaining the highest integrity standards for students and faculty. To ensure academic integrity and avoid plagiarism, the University of Manitoba has integrated leading plagiarism detection technology iThenticate into their Research Integrity framework, and made the service available to graduate students, researchers and faculty.

“The University of Manitoba is committed to innovation in research, teaching and learning,” said Dr. Digvir Jayas, Vice President (Research and International) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. “iThenticate provides our faculty, students and staff with the tools to ensure we are reaching and exceeding the highest standards of excellence at our institution.”

The University of Manitoba website has a section dedicated to answering common questions about iThenticate and detailing the institution’s guidelines for its use. The university strongly encourages all faculty and students to check their own work prior to submission for publication, grant applications, or theses. And while using iThenticate is not required, the school has empowered faculty to request proof of originality if questions arise.

The university’s policies also emphasize that iThenticate is only intended for use to verify the originality of one’s own work. By placing the responsibility on the individual authors—even within the context of co-authored work—this type of strategy helps instill a sense of personal responsibility for ensuring originality from the very start of a researcher’s academic career.

Developed specifically for the research community, iThenticate compares written works against an extensive database of more than 45 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including restricted-access scholarly works that are typically outside the range of search engines. Within minutes, the service can identify similar or matched content, allowing authors to catch unintended duplication or uncited references prior to submitting a paper for publication.

Plagiarism and research misconduct are consistently among the leading concerns cited by researchers and scholarly publishers. In 2013, iThenticate surveyed nearly 1,000 academic researchers and editors of scholarly publications. When asked to identify their top concerns about the publishing industry, plagiarism and misconduct ranked near the top of the list for both groups, along with related factors including pressure to publish and image or data falsification.

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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 45 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 38 million published works from over 530 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.

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