SPONSORED PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION

To support responsible research practices at MU, the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development, and MU Libraries encourage researchers’ use of iThenticate software to prescreen grant proposals and scholarly papers for possible plagiarism or misuse of text.

iThenticate is text recognition software that checks a manuscript or proposal against published literature to identify both legitimate duplication (e.g., literature citations) and inappropriate use of text (e.g., plagiarism, redundant publication). iThenticate was developed by the company that created the Turnitin system used to verify originality of student work on many campuses including at MU.

Federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), use iThenticate as part of research misconduct investigations. Many professional and scholarly journals use iThenticate to screen submissions for originality and self-plagiarism.

Users can upload manuscripts, grant proposals, and other professional works into iThenticate, which then compares the work against its database of over 50 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 40 million works from 590 scholarly publishers.

iThenticate Account Request

Email orcs@missouri.edu to request access to the iThenticate service. Once your request is processed, you will receive an e-mail with login instructions.

iThenticate Training Resources

Training materials are available on the iThenticate website, including Training for Academic Customers and a Quick Start Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is iThenticate?

Can I use iThenticate?

How can I get an iThenticate account?

How do I submit a document?

What are the document requirements?

Against what resources will my manuscript be compared?

How long will I have to wait until my results are ready?

What does the percentage mean?

What do the highlighted boxes mean?

Are submitted documents kept confidential?

Where do I go for help?

 

What is iThenticate?

iThenticate is a web-based service that identifies written material that matches text from documents found in an extensive database. iThenticate reports highlight any matching text, including text that is properly attributed. Using the report, the author should verify that every highlighted section has been properly quoted, summarized, or paraphrased—or identify and attribute any material that may contain unintentional plagiarism.

Can I use iThenticate?

Use of this service is licensed to MU faculty and staff who intend to publish scholarly papers, those writing grant proposals and all individuals who are part of a faculty research team, including research administrators and graduate and undergraduate students. The current licensing does not include students unless they are part of a faculty research team.

How can I get an iThenticate account?

Email orcs@missouri.edu to request access to the iThenticate service. Once your request is processed, you will receive an email with login instructions.

How do I submit a document?

Log in at iThenticate.com using the account information provided to you by the MU Office of Research. The Submit a Document menu appears on the right side of the My Documents home screen. To submit a file, click the “Upload a File” link in the Submit a Document menu, browse for the file you want to submit, and then click the “Upload” button. If you prefer submitting text directly instead of submitting a file, click the “Cut & Paste” link.

What are the document requirements?

Files cannot exceed 400 pages, 40MB, or 2MB of raw text. Accepted file types are MS Word, Word XML, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, HWP, OpenOffice (ODT), and plain text.

Against what resources will my manuscript be compared?

In addition to the Internet, uploaded files are compared to more than 40 million published research articles from 590+ global scientific, technical, and medical publishers; this cache is larger than most university libraries maintain. iThenticate's comparison database includes more than one million abstracts and citations from PubMed and more than 20,000 research titles from EBSCOhost and Gale InfoTrac OneFile. iThenticate also maintains its own web crawler, indexing over 10 million web pages daily and totaling over 50 billion web pages.

How long will I have to wait until my results are ready?

Results are delivered within minutes, depending on document length.

What does the percentage mean?

The results include a percentage score, called a "similarity index,” which indicates how much of the document matches other sources. iThenticate does not determine whether a manuscript contains plagiarism. The service identifies content in a submitted manuscript that matches other sources, primarily to encourage the author of the manuscript to check that other sources have been properly cited.

Similarity percentage calculation update: 
On 2/25/2016, iThenticate updated the way the similarity percentage is calculated when bibliographic material is excluded from a Similarity Report. Now, when bibliography exclusion is enabled, iThenticate does not include the word count of the bibliography when calculating the overall percentage. Reports that were generated before 2/25/2016 will not be updated to include this change. The change only affects reports that have the bibliography exclusion option enabled.

What do the highlighted boxes mean?

The results include number-coded and color-coded highlighted parts of the manuscript that correspond to matching sources in the iThenticate database. Authors should look carefully at these portions to determine whether other sources have been properly cited.

Are submitted documents kept confidential?

Yes. iThenticate does not exploit, resell, or share submitted manuscripts. iThenticate does not add your manuscript to any databases. You retain all rights to your work.

Where do I go for help?

If you have questions or would like to schedule a training session for your department’s faculty and staff, contact Megan Ray in the MU Office of Sponsored Programs Administration at rayme@missouri.edu or 882-2810. For information on publishing ethics, plagiarism, and copyright, contact MU Libraries at http://library.missouri.edu/contactus or 882-4581.