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Anti-Plagiarism Software

Anti-plagiarism software iThenticate

The EMBL Szilárd Library offers access to the anti-plagiarism software iThenticate.

To avoid the probability of plagiarism in theses and scientific manuscripts and to ensure EMBL’s high quality of research output, the Szilárd Library has licensed the plagiarism detection software, iThenticate.

Who can use iThenticate?

All group leaders and post-docs who supervise scientific work such as master theses or doctoral theses can use the software.

How can you use iThenticate?

In order to get an iThenticate account, you need to contact the library. We are also happy to show you how to use the software. You can also watch the demo video below and find more useful information in the User Guide.

Good scientific practice

As defined in EMBL’s Policy Rules of good scientific practice (IP51), plagiarism is ‘the appropriation of another person’s ideas, method, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit, including those obtained through confidential review of others’ research proposals and manuscripts’. This act constitutes a core ‘scientific misconduct’ that also violates the Code of Conduct issued by the Director General which establishes the principle that ‘we are committed to honesty and rigour in our scientific and other endeavours’ at EMBL.

Specific instances of plagiarism can include:

  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit

For more information about plagiarism see for example plagiarism.org.