To support responsible research practices at TTU, the OVPR encourages use of iThenticate software to screen grant proposals and scholarly papers for plagiarism or misuse of text.
iThenticate is text recognition software that checks a manuscript or proposal against the published literature to identify both legitimate duplication (e.g., literature citations) and inappropriate use of text (e.g., plagiarism and redundant publication).
iThenticate was developed by the company that created two well-known systems, TurnitIn (used to verify originality of student work on many campuses) and CrossCheck (used by over 50 journal publishers to check for plagiarism in submitted manuscripts). Further, iThenticate is used by federal agencies such as NSF to check for plagiarism in submitted proposals, and outcomes of subsequent investigations are reported to Congress.
- For a presentation from the NSF Office of the Inspector General: http://www.nsf.gov/oig/hague_presentations/boesz.pdf
How to Use
- For materials you have written: Use the iThenticate service provided by the TTU Libraries.
- For all other uses: Contact Dr. Alice Young in the OVPR. There is no charge to you or your department, and Dr. Young and her staff will discuss the reports with you and your trainees, but will not make them available to others.
The following websites offer more background information about how federal agencies, publishers, and institutions are using iThenticate and related software:
- Office of Research Integrity, DHHS
- Committee on Publication Ethics
- Council of Science Editors White paper on integrity
- NSF solicitation for plagiarism software licenses
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