Plagiarism prevention with CrossCheck

Springer is a participant of CrossCheck, a multi-publisher plagiarism prevention initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. CrossCheck consists of two products: a database of scholarly publications (CrossCheck) and a web-based tool (iThenticate) to check an authored work against that database.

Springer is offering this screening software to Journal Editors of Springer journals and Society & Publishing Partners journals. The web-based tool can be used in the editorial process to identify matching text but it cannot, on its own, identify plagiarism. Manual examination of the matching text is still required and judgment used to identify if plagiarism has occurred or not.

Plagiarism detection at an early stage may be helpful to:

  • educate authors who are less familiar with the ethics of publishing;
  • reduce the workload for editors and reviewers if ethical issues are captured at an early stage.

If you wish to use the iThenticate software for your journal, please contact your Springer Publishing Editor.

Springer has developed several guides on how to use the iThenticate software: