IThenticate (http://www.ithenticate.com) is plagiarism-detection software that the University of Tennessee Office of Research and Engagement, Knoxville (http://research.utk.edu/), makes available to faculty at the Knoxville campus to check their own work. The University Libraries administers the account creation and training. Because many granting agencies and publishers use iTheniticate to check submissions, it is a good idea for faculty to use the software to look for inadvertently plagiarized text. There is no mandate to use iThenticate; it is voluntary and confidential.
Accounts and Training
To receive an account to login to iThenticate, or to report technical problems, email Gayle Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to use your UTK email when emailing.
To schedule in-person or phone training, email Jeanine Williamson at email@example.com, or call at (865) 974-9164.
Training videos are available at http://www.ithenticate.com/resources/customer-training/ .
Interpreting IThenticate Results
IThenticate provides a number of report formats, which are explained in the training materials.
In general, the Similarity score alone does not indicate plagiarism; an examination of matching text in the Content Tracking View provides a more definitive conclusion. Large scores on the Similarity index may alert reviewers that plagiarism could be present, though, prompting a closer examination.
The content that iThenticate searches with its matching algorithms is described on this page: http://www.ithenticate.com/plagiarism-detection-database/ .
For More Information
Papers and Reports from the iThenticate site: http://www.ithenticate.com/resources/plagiarism-papers/
NSF/OIG Semiannual Report to Congress, March 2012. "Research Misconduct Investigations": http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/oig12002/oig12002_3.pdf
Retraction Watch, "How much self-plagiarism, aka duplication, is too much?": http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/how-much-self-plagiarism-aka-duplication-is-too-much/
Committee on Publication Ethics: http://publicationethics.org/
Be sure to check the publisher's or granting agency's stance on self-plagiarism.