Crosscheck manuscripts using iThenticate

UQ researchers and higher degree by research (HDR) students can use iThenticate to check your manuscripts quickly and effectively before submitting them to journals and protect yourself from the publication of plagiarised text.

What does iThenticate do?

iThenticate, also known as CrossCheck or Similarity Check, is used by academic journals to protect themselves and the academic community from the publication of plagiarised text. 

iThenticate compares manuscripts for similarities with other work by comparing it with:

  • existing texts in the CrossRef database, which has tens of millions of documents from academic journals, conference proceedings and books
  • databases of other content providers
  • the Internet

iThenticate similarity report

iThenticate will produce a similarity report that shows:

  • an overall similarity index score
  • verbatim (direct) copying of strings of text, and 
  • a relative percentage of similarity to a single paper

These are the main things journals will be also be looking for in the submitted manuscripts.

If you want to understand how journals use iThenticate, read the Springer Nature iThenticate guide for editors.

Why not Turnitin? 

Researchers should not use Turnitin to check your manuscript for similarities because your academic/research work will be added to a dedicated database - and this could be considered as prior publication by publishers or produce a 100% similarity score when publishers run your submission via their iThenticate.

More information

This post is largely based on the article How to Read an iThenticate Report [Includes Example Report] by Kimberly Yasutis published by AJE Scholar.


Last updated:
3 September 2020