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Plagiarism Discussed at ISMTE Conference

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending the European meeting of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors in Oxford. The day was split in to two sessions, with the morning devoted to plagiarism detection and management. I was asked to give an update on CrossCheck, and was followed by Alice Malhador from Institute of Physics Publishing, who presented case studies from five different journals. Like many publishers, IOP Publishing is letting each title decide how to implement plagiarism screening; as Alice explained, the "personality, scope and size of a journal" usually determines how much content is screened and when. The common theme across all five cases, however, was that CrossCheck and the iThenticate software had helped to raise the quality of the published articles and become a useful pre-refereeing tool.
As we went on to discuss some additional case studies it was apparent that plagiarism screening is rapidly becoming a key part of the editorial process for many journals. A quick poll of the sixty attendees showed around half already participating in CrossCheck, and most of those had discovered issues that might have otherwise gone undetected.

The afternoon session focussed on social media, with Geoffrey Bilder exploring the application of social media to scholarly publishing, and Mark Patterson from PLoS showing how PLoS journals are experimenting with web 2.0 tools.

Many thanks to the organisers and ISMTE members for an excellent and very interesting conference.

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