USING PLAGIARISM SOFTWARE IN THE PUBLISHING PROCESS: This short video gives a quick overview of the use of plagiarism checking software in scholarly publishing.
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He there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting and this is Publishing Defined.
Today I am going to discuss the potential use of plagiarism checking software in publishing. I am going to be addressing its use by publishers, associations, or organizations as opposed to its use by individuals.
Publishers and associations have a vested interest in ensuring that the journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly material they publish is original and free of plagiarism. While one would hope that this should not be an issue, experience says otherwise.
There is little question if an organization should be incorporating this step into the publishing process. It is only the details and the particular software that matters.
A point to start with is that with many groups use the term similarity instead of plagiarism, the later coming with a judgement in place. Similarity check or a similarity review may be more appropriate terminology than plagiarism check or review.
If you are an association whose journal is being published with a publisher, first check with them that this step is not already taking place on their end, perhaps unbeknownst to you. Larger publishers have embraced this step and may routinely be running manuscripts through their chosen software. Also, it may be incorporated into the manuscript tracking system or it may be soon.
Another point to consider is whether all manuscripts will be reviewed prior to or at peer review or whether the step will take place only after manuscript acceptance. There are valid points for either option.
Most systems produce a report that lists the percentage of a document that matches other content and where that content comes from. Think through which staff member will run the manuscript through the system you use. For those manuscripts that have a high similarity, who will then make the more nuanced and educated decision if there is a cause for concern. Many times it is subjective.
Then consider the stance you might take with an author and what that correspondence would look like. It can be a very touchy email or call, that will likely vary greatly by the particular circumstance.
As for software, there are many types out there. Some are free and low cost and many are geared toward the individual. Before you invest your time with any software, ask the developers or owners how many publishers or associations are currently using their product. If they cannot provide that information or references, you should shy away from them. Remember, free is not always better.
For those that provide a product to the publishing market, it is a very small list. iThenticate has a significant presence. iThenticate states that it has checked over 50 million documents for plagiarism. They also say that “80% of high Impact Factor Journals have access to iThenticate.”
See their website for more information about how their service works include helpful videos.
CrossRef, the not-for-profit, well-respected reference linking group, created a product called CrossCheck. CrossCheck has since been rebranded as Similarity Check.
Similarity Check might be considered a separate option to iThenticate, however, Similarity Check is “powered by iThenticate.” Similarity Check states that “members benefit from a tailored service that includes read-only access to the full text of articles in the Similarity Check database for comparison purposes” only. FYI the Similarity Check service is only available to members of CrossRef who are depositing DOIs with them.
There is other software to consider. One site lists other commercial options as: Attributor, Copyscape, Copyleaks, PlagScan, and I am sure others that I missed that work with publishers and the like. Let me know about who you have worked with, how you like them, and anything else that is connected......
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