iThenticate at the University of Melbourne – a new text-matching tool for research staff and graduate researchers.

iThenticate is a text-matching tool that enables researchers and graduate researchers to compare their traditional research writing drafts with an extensive database of research literature. Using iThenticate throughout the writing process can help to identify and address potential instances of problematic matching text and weak writing practices.

The use of iThenticate by researchers and graduate researchers has been endorsed by the University of Melbourne Research Ethics and Integrity Strategy Committee.

iThenticate is the leading technology in the area of detecting text similarity in research and many scholarly journal publishers use iThenticate to check manuscript submissions before publication. Documents submitted to iThenticate are not stored and searchable in any comparison database. iThenticate allows research groups to use the tool collectively by permitting users to choose to share their similarity reports with other users. It is important to note that while iThenticate can identify areas of writing that match text from existing literature, further assessment by the author, supervisor, or other experts in the field is also required to ensure the originality of the work before submission and/or publication.

What does it mean for Graduate Researchers at UoM?

All Graduate Researchers will have iThenticate accounts created for them from the week beginning 4 February 2019 and will receive an activation email from noreply@ithenticate.com with login instructions. For all enquiries relating to iThenticate, please submit a request for assistance in ServiceNow via Student Services (staff can submit their enquiries via Staff Services).

iThenticate users are advised to read the following resources produced by the University of Melbourne:

For more information regarding this, please read the announcement from Research Integrity at UoM or contact Mr. Tom Wright, Research Integrity Officer.