iThenticate Assesses The Damaging Effects of Research Misconduct


iThenticate Assesses The Damaging Effects of Research Misconduct

New report examines the distinct costs caused by the rise in plagiarism, falsified research and other scholarly misconduct

OAKLAND, Calif., March 13, 2012 – Turnitin, creators of iThenticate and the leader in plagiarism prevention, today announced the release of a new report titled, “True Costs of Research Misconduct.” The report explores the reasons for the dramatic rise in research misconduct over the past decade and defines four distinct categories of damages caused by research misconduct—individual, brand, capital and human.

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“Research misconduct often creates a ripple effect of costly damages that impacts organizations and the general public—ranging from lawsuits to revoked PhDs to misdiagnosis,” said Chris Cross, general manager of iThenticate. “This report calls attention to the importance of establishing preventative measures that will contain a growing and concerning problem.”

Due to the growth of the researcher population and a growing pressure to ‘publish or perish,’ more researchers have taken to cutting corners, resulting in falsified research, fraudulent data, paraphrasing, duplication and blatant plagiarism. Publishers are responding by retracting published research, and implementing more stringent editorial processes and technology solutions.

“If a journal were to be discovered publishing erroneous material, people might think twice about the reputation of that journal,” said Benson Honig, a journal editor at Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. “Checking articles through iThenticate prior to submission can protect a journal’s reputation and ensure that only top-quality work is being published.”

iThenticate helps publishers, researchers and organizations reduce all types of misconduct by comparing manuscripts against the world’s largest comparison database—which is comprised of more than 20 billion web pages, and more than 116 million content items, including 30 million published research articles from 283 leading science, technical and medical (STM) publishers.
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About Turnitin and iThenticate
Turnitin is the world’s leading provider of web-based solutions for plagiarism prevention. The company’s products include Turnitin, used by educators worldwide to check students’ papers for originality, to enable web-based peer review and for digital grading of student work. Turnitin’s iThenticate solution enables publishers, research facilities, government agencies, financial institutions, legal firms and now authors and researchers to reliably check submitted materials for originality before publication. The company’s solutions check millions of documents each month and are used in over 100 countries. Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, CA with an international office located in Newcastle, United Kingdom. Turnitin is backed by Warburg Pincus. and

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