The University requires all students submitting a thesis or dissertation as part of their graduate degree requirements to first submit their electronic documents through iThenticate for advisement purposes and for review of originality. The thesis or dissertation chair is responsible for scheduling this submission to iThenticate and for reviewing the results from iThenticate with the student’s advisory committee. The advisory committee uses the results appropriately to assist the student in the preparation of their thesis or dissertation.
The review is an automated process that allows the uploading of documents (including among others, proposals, manuscripts, thesis, journals, etc.), and screens them against millions of published documents available through the Internet and multiple web-based databases. The results will reveal any text matches to be reviewed the committee chair for proper citation.
iThenticate is an online plagiarism detection software tool that compares documents (including among others, proposals, manuscripts, dissertations and thesis, journals, etc.) against a database of web pages and content items including published works.
iThenticate provides a mitigation tool that protects the reputation of UCF research and reduces risk of costly and public published misconduct. Researchers gain advantage in grant submission by screening proposals before they are screened by the funding agency.
iThenticate is easy to use with quick results. iThenticate is not a repository database. Documents uploaded through UCF user accounts cannot be accessed by iThenticate company personnel. The iThenticate user license agreement prevents iThenticate from having access to or use of technology, ideas or proprietary data contained in the submitted documents.
Before the student may be approved for final submission to the university, the thesis or dissertation chair must indicate completion of the Review for Original Work requirement by signing the student’s Thesis and Dissertation Approval Form. When the Approval Form is signed, this means that the academic integrity issues are met to the satisfaction of the student’s committee.
Fostering Academic Integrity
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning has posted guidance regarding Promoting Academic Integrity for university faculty.
Requesting Access to iThenticate.com
For information about iThenticate at UCF, please see the iThenticate section on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) website. For iThenticate’s login (set-up) actions and/or system-related questions, thesis and dissertation chairs should contact RCR at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
- Faculty advisors upload a readable file (e.g., pdf or doc). Note: Scanned copies or images of text are not readable files.
- To avoid duplication (self-plagiarism) citing your authored content from previously published works is recommended.
- Please refer to the iThenticate User Manual for more detailed use instructions.
Request for iThenticate Report
The best practice is for committee chairs to continue to run the iThenticate report themselves and complete the review before scheduling the student’s defense. However, for those who need assistance, the College of Graduate Studies will be available to run the standard “Similarity Report” for the full text of the document and will send the mhtml file (a portable file that offers limited interactivity) to the chair. The College of Graduate Studies will not review or interpret the report.
To request a report:
- Send all requests to email@example.com
- Requests should come from the chair of the thesis or dissertation committee with the Word or PDF file attached
- If a program staff or student sends the email, the chair must be copied, to confirm the file is ready for iThenticate review
- Following the best practice mentioned above, please send requests for iThenticate reports prior to scheduling the defense and no later than two weeks prior to the defense
Faculty are encouraged to run the iThenticate report and take advantage of the site’s features, as there are distinct advantages to faculty running the reports, including the ability to:
- Select different modes of viewing the data
- Exclude quotes and the bibliography
- Exclude small sources (select word count or percentage)
- Exclude small matches (select word count)
- How does iThenticate work? The review is an automated process that allows the uploading of documents (including among others, proposals, manuscripts, thesis, journals, etc.), and screens them against millions of published documents available through the Internet and multiple web-based databases. The results will reveal any text matches.
- Are there any concerns the uploaded document becoming “property” of iThenticate? iThenticate does not add manuscripts to ANY databases. Unlike many free plagiarism checker services, iThenticate does not store, share or resell uploaded files.
- When a master’s thesis or conference/journal article is developed into a dissertation, iThenticate flags most of the dissertation as “copied” material. Is there a risk of plagiarism? Authors should know that document review will reveal previous/duplicate work in manuscripts.