Install iThenticate

iThenticate is a professional plagiarism detection and prevention tool used by scholarly publishers & research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication.

Frequently Asked Questions

iThenticate is a professional plagiarism detection and prevention tool used by scholarly publishers & research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication. You can screen uploaded papers for originality and can quickly tell whether a paper contains passages of text that also appear in other publications or resources. It is developed by the same company as Turnitin.com (a student version, which many universities require their undergraduate students to use before submitting final papers).

There are 465 leading scientific, technical & medical publishers who deposit published articles into the comparison depository. Users upload draft publications to be compared to the comparison depository and the internet; the iThenticate tool quickly identifies where there is overlap.

The tool will be made available free of charge to only Scientists and Associate Scientists appointed to the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and/or the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. The appointed Scientist or Associate Scientist must be listed as an author on the papers submitted through the iThenticate tool. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please contact Karen Ung (UngK@smh.ca).

You will need to obtain a user name and password to access the iThenticate tool. Please email the following information to Dina Coronios-Antoniou (Dina will confirm the user is a Scientist or Associate Scientist appointed to the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and/or the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute):

  1. Name
  2. preferred Email Address (does not need to be an SMH email address)
  3. Ph#

Once Dina has entered your information in the tool you will receive an email directly from noreply@ithenticate.com with your log in and temporary password (you will be prompted to change your password once you log in). If you don’t receive the email please check your quarantined/junk email as appropriate before contacting Dina Coronios-Antoniou.

iThenticate estimates that 1 in 3 manuscripts globally will be checked via iThenticate before publication in scholarly journals. A large percentage of journals are using iThenticate prior to publication so why not submit your draft paper through the tool before they do? It’s also a useful tool to use when you are working with new collaborators who you may be less familiar with or with trainees. You may have also inadvertently plagiarized by forgetting to cite a quote or selfplagiarism where you forget to site your own published work; the tool would catch these missed citations for you. The tool provides you with some quality assurance and only takes a few minutes to use. v. Dec 5 2013

 

The Keenan Research Centre has absorbed the cost of the iThenticate tool. The software for at least the first year will be available free of charge to Scientists and Associate Scientists appointed to the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and/or the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. See also question #5. 6. How many papers can I submit through iThenticate? Once you have been provided with a user name and password there is no limit on the numbers of papers you submit through iThenticate. However, we ask that you submit papers that are in final draft. If you edit a paper and resubmit the same paper through the tool that counts as 2 credits not 1.

The VP of Research has paid for a limited number of credits and although we do not wish to cost recover at this time we may need to in the future if we exceed the current credit limit. Please be mindful and submit final draft papers through the tool and do not resubmit the same paper multiple times.

Yes. The Scientist or Associate Scientist who has registered for an iThenticate user name/password must be an author on all papers uploaded through the tool.

Yes, providing the other user has registered with Dina Coronios-Antoniou for a user name and password (thus you can only share documents with internal users who have registered). We will not automatically provide sharing privileges. If you do wish to share your documents with another user we can turn this feature on for you. Please contact Dina Coronios-Antoniou who will be able to edit your access and turn this feature on.

Please note that it is your responsibility to manage your sharing rights and the VPs Office and the Office of Research Administration will not be responsible for papers you share inadvertently with other users. Once we turn the sharing feature on you will be able to click on the sub folder (e.g., My Documents) you wish to share; then you’ll see to the right the following tabs: “Documents Sharing Settings”, click on Sharing and check the user you wish to share the sub folder with and click Update Sharing. You’ll need to perform this for each sub folder you wish to share. Keep in mind that all documents uploaded to the sub folder will be shared with the user. To remove access simply click on the subfolder, click on the Sharing tab, uncheck the user you had selected and click Update Sharing. Please remember you need to complete this task for each subfolder you have shared.

When a manuscript is first uploaded to iThenticate, a Similarity Score is returned indicating the percentage of text in the uploaded document that matches text in other published documents or web pages. A common question new users of the tool ask is ‘what level of similarity score indicates a problem?’ There is no ‘magic number’ that will tell you whether a document contains problematic content. The reason for this is that there are a number of factors to consider: i) where are the matches coming from? Are they all from one source or multiple small sources; ii) where does the match appear in the article? Method matches may be less concerning then in the conclusion or discussion section; iii. Have you made simple errors in the text? For example v. Dec 5 2013 missing quotes or no header for the bibliography, which means the iThenticate tool cannot exclude them. Although, there is no magic number the industry standard dictates having a similarity score of less then 20% (keeping in mind that we expect that you exclude quotes and the bibliography).

For more detailed info on the Similarity Score see: http://www.ithenticate.com/plagiarismdetection-blog/bid/63534/CrossCheck-Plagiarism-Screening-Understanding-the-Similarity-Score

  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • Word XML Plain Text (.txt)
  • Adobe Postscript Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • HTML
  • Corel WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

As for graphs and tables, iThenticate can analyze graphs and figures as long as text can be extracted. For example, if a table is a picture rather text box, iThenticate will not be able to analyze it.

Will iThenticate compare my manuscript against manuscripts written in other languages?

iThenticate’s comparison database is primarily English language content, but there is a cache of non-English language content.

Go to the Help Centre:

Once you’ve logged into iThenticate with your user name/password you’ll be able to see a HELP button in the top right hand corner of the website. Click on the HELP button and you will then be taken to the Help Centre Page where you can ask your questions.

Contact the Sales Representative:

Robert Creutz – Senior Account Executive rcreutz@ithenticate.com

Register for a User Name/Password:

Dina Coronios-Antoniou
Ph: 416-864-6060 x7830
coroniosd@smh.ca

General questions about iThenticate or Appointment Questions:

Karen Ung
Ph: 416-864-6060 x76209
UngK@smh.ca