When a scientist writes his works, he communicates with the rest of the scientific world with their help, shares his thoughts and best practices. Each scientific article is his individual contribution to the development of science. At the same time, the importance of this area does not tolerate negligence and irresponsible attitude. Therefore, checking a scientific article for anti-plagiarism is no less important step than writing it. At the same time, this is a requirement of scientific publications that publish the works of a scientist.
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On the one hand, it may seem that scientific journals are too sensitive to researchers when they check all scientific articles for anti-plagiarism. But on the other hand, it is this approach that helps to ensure that the work of each scientist is protected from theft and abuse. Therefore, such a system becomes a guarantee of general security in the context of intellectual property rights. This means that in anti-plagiarism it is worth seeing not only some complexity and responsibility, but also the protection of scientific articles.
To choose the right anti-plagiarism program, you should familiarize yourself with which of them best suit your request. There are some universal quality parameters that any
🟦a high degree of objectivity and relevance of the audit;
🟦ease of use;
🟦the possibility of testing in a free mode to assess the quality of the program;
🟦inexpensive subscription cost, if we are talking about a paid resource that the researcher will use on a regular basis;
🟦compatibility with the requirements of scientific journals that accept material for placement.
In a word, it is important that the program is working in every sense - it provides the user with convenience, shows the correct result and meets the requirements of a scientific journal, the editors of which will also focus on a certain anti-plagiarism service. At least such solid scientometric databases as Scopus and Web of Science accept only those scientific articles that meet the anti-plagiarism requirements. This approach is aimed at ensuring that researchers submit truly unique copyrighted materials that can serve science and open up something new to the scientific community.
Consider the most popular programs that are in demand among scientists.
Previously, this program was called UNPLAG. It makes it possible to check the text for plagiarism, successfully integrating into electronic platforms belonging to educational institutions. The free version of the program allows you to check the text, the volume of which reaches from 30 to 200 words. In principle, the presence of a free version can be considered a plus. But that's not the only
🟦the ability to use the free version for up to 2 months;
🟦recognition of plagiarism in the program code;
🟦help with setting up anti-plagiarism;
🟦the presence of a round-the-clock integration function (meaning chat, phone, and e-mail).
The cost of the program depends on the selected service package. It can be adjusted, depending on how much information needs to be checked. For example, if you need to check 100 pages, it will cost $15. And 250 pages can be checked for $30. The system is built in such a way that the larger the volume of verification, the cheaper it is.
Among the advantages of this anti-plagiarism program are:
🟦functioning on the basis of the leading content database in the industry, which ensures the completeness of the analysis;
🟦availability of round-the-clock support in 10 languages, which simplifies the subscriber's communication with people who are responsible for the quality of the service;
🟦options designed for interaction between a teacher and a student, which is important for those who not only practice, but also teach.
On the one hand, tools and options are assumed that do not have anything fundamentally new, since this is a standard set of good academic anti-plagiarism functionality. However, on the other hand, there is one important feature that makes this program unique and distinguishes this service from analogues. This is an option to detect text manipulations that
It is worth noting that recently you can quite often read entire collections of life hacks aimed at bypassing anti-plagiarism. They are usually used by students. So, this service makes it possible to detect such text manipulations. This is one of the reasons for its demand.
The pricing and communication policy of the service is based on the fact that prices are not reported on the site. An offer, based on its request, an educational institution can receive personally. Practiced university subscription. Although the cost is not specified, last year the State University of Kent published information on its website, where it was about $ 3 for one student.
This anti-plagiarism program is academic. It is well suited for reviewing a scientific article. The advantage of the program is access to scientific and university databases. Therefore, with its help, you can see the copied fragments and determine the source of their origin.
Another advantage of the program is the similarity report, which is built in a user-friendly way. This does not exhaust the benefits of the program. Among its advantages are also:
🟦Helpdesk convenience. It employs specialists who speak 15 languages.
🟦Availability of offices on different continents, which work at any time of the day. This means that if a subscriber has problems, he can contact the service administrators using a convenient messenger and resolve his issue.
🟦Maintaining strict confidentiality. All documents that enter the database for verification are protected from copying and transfer to third parties. Thus, the developers of the service have made every effort to protect the content of scientific articles that are submitted for verification.
🟦The presence of an assignment option through which the teacher can interact with students. Thus, the anti-plagiarism program is designed for those researchers who are simultaneously engaged in teaching.
Payment is structured as follows: the subscriber purchases a certain number of tokens that are valid for 6 months. 1 token is equal to 18 thousand characters. You can pay in different currencies. If you pay in dollars, then it is 3 dollars per token. Thus, the use of the considered anti-plagiarism service is not cheap.
As for the subscription, it can be both individual and corporate.
Among the advantages of this service, it is worth noting such advantages as:
🟦adaptation specifically for research publications;
🟦the trust of scientific publications, for which this tool is considered one of the acceptable ones, although it is inferior in popularity to the Turnitin program;
🟦large base for verification - implies access to more than 70 billion web pages;
🟦access to both active and archived pages;
🟦convenient match report.
These advantages make the program in demand among many scientists. As for the price, this tool belongs to the Turnitin service. Therefore, its cost is also not disclosed publicly, but is open only in an individual proposal, which is announced by a company representative.
The service, which has both paid and free versions, opens up a different range of options in each of them. In principle, the resource received fairly good reviews as an anti-plagiarism program. However, initially it was conceived with a different and wider range of tasks. Thus, the primary task of the Grammarly service was to create opportunities for improving English-language content. This is a good opportunity for those who write their scientific articles in English or are just trying to do it.
Among one of the positive features of the service is that it works not only as an anti-plagiarism, but also as a multifunctional program. For example, in addition to unique words, you can also find out the percentage of rare lexical units in the text. This is a plus for those who aim for a deeper analysis.
Now consider tariff plans and prices. Anti-plagiarism is only available in premium ($12/month) and business ($15/month) paid versions. There is no such tool in the free plan.
In this case, the most requested version is Turnitin. This is due to the fact that the vast majority of scientific journals that publish articles in scientometric databases use this particular anti-plagiarism. Now a few words about why most researchers strive to get their scientific article into the Scopus or Web of Science.
Scopus is the largest scientometric database in the world. There is a system of percentiles and quartiles, which makes it possible to see the rating of a scientific journal. Therefore, scientists are trying to organize their activities so that every solid scientific article gets into Scopus or Web of Science. This is a kind of entrance to the world of international science, which opens up the possibility of not only professional communication and knowledge exchange, but also support for one's professional activities. For example, this applies to grant programs.
In order to win a research grant, it is important to provide an organization that is a financial donor with proof of its research activity. The easiest and most effective way to do this is to provide links to your scientific articles in Scopus or Web of Science. If we talk about Web of Science, this database has been functioning a little longer than Scopus. It is the second largest in the world in terms of content.
So, in order to publish materials in such databases, each scientific article must meet certain requirements. Among them is a good test result on the anti-plagiarism program. Then, subject to the relevance and usefulness of the study, the material will be accepted without any problems in a good scientific journal, which is in the Scopus or Web of Science databases. Since most of the editorial offices of such journals use the Turnitin service, it is natural that it would be most appropriate to use this particular anti-plagiarism program. So the scientist will know for sure that his material meets the necessary requirements.
Summing up, it is worth noting that each researcher chooses the anti-plagiarism program that is more comfortable for him, but it is still worth focusing on the choice of scientific journals.