Monday, July 11, 2005

New tools to detect plagiarism

The premier science journal Nature has a special report by Jim Giles on an interesting set of software tools that are likely to be deployed soon to detect plagiarism in academic publications.

The fight against plagiarism is about to take a decisive turn. Academic publishers have told Nature they hope that software designed to catch cheating students could soon be used to unmask academics who plagiarize other researchers' — or their own — work.

Big publishers such as Elsevier and Blackwell, which between them publish more than 2,500 journals, have been prompted to act by reports that plagiarism is becoming more common. [...]

Hat tip: Prof. Ranganathan, who sent me an e-mail alert.