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iThenticate – plagiarism scanner for research

In this course PhD candidates are taught how to use the tool iThenticate to check research on plagiarism.

An overview of Frequently Asked Questions. More information about iThenticate can be found via the online helpdesk of iThenticate.  

What is iThenticate?

IThenticate is a plagiarism detection software that compares original work of a researcher with published academic work available online via the internet, and bibliographical databases such as Crossref. The tool scans for text similarity between the original work and published work, resulting in a similarity score. Every similarity found by iThenticate can be analysed, enabling the researcher to look at the specific text and location of the original work

Who can use iThenticate?

IThenticate can be used by PhD candidates at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (including VUmc). The tool has an educational purpose and should contribute to an increased awareness of scientific integrity in line with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity (NGWI). The plagiarism check is included in the Doctorate Regulations and is mandatory for PhD candidates starting from September 1, 2022. PhD candidates who started before September 1, 2022 may voluntarily use the tool. One plagiarism scan per year is provided for all PhD candidates.

How can I create an account?

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a campus license for PhD candidates only. The key users iThenticate within the faculties are the points of contact for creating accounts for PhD candidates. A list of key users per faculty can be found via the libguide page ‘contact’.

How do I use iThenticate?

The university library created a Quick Start Guide for users, which can be found at this libguide subpage ‘Quick start guide’.

Other questions

Feel free to contact your faculty key user iThenticate or central administrator at the University Library. Contact details can be found at this libguide subpage ‘contact’.