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Turnitin Adds Open Access Research to Text Misuse Checking

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Plagiarism checker Turnitin has added the contents of the "world's largest collection of open access research papers" to its text checking. In a partnership with CORE, which aggregates and layers access tools on top of its growing collection of research papers, Turnitin's proprietary web crawler will search through CORE's database — some 135 million metadata records from more than 3,700 data providers — to check for text similarity.

CORE is a service provided by the Knowledge Media Institute, a research and development lab in the United Kingdom's Open University.

As Turnitin explained in a statement, the new arrangement not only boosts its own content access, "but also represents an important step in protecting open access content from misuse."

"At CORE, we believe that facilitating machine access to scholarly literature from data providers globally will enable companies like Turnitin to do their work more effectively," said Petr Knoth, senior research fellow in text and data mining at the Knowledge Media Institute and founder and head of CORE. "As a company deeply invested in research integrity, we appreciate Turnitin's commitment to safeguarding the originality of scholarly articles and open access content."

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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