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Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, May 09, 2014
What is CrossCheck and How Does the Journal Use It?
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
Stephanie Casway, Production Editor
 
Journal staff run all accepted manuscripts through CrossCheck, a plagiarism-detection service run by iThenticate in partnership with CrossRef.
 
Once the latest version of a manuscript is uploaded to the program, CrossCheck compares the document to the Internet and over 37 million published research articles from medical, scientific, and technical publishers worldwide. The program returns a similarity report and index, which shows how much of the manuscript matches other sources.
 
Having lots of experience with scholarly research, we understand that all manuscripts will contain some content that matches other documents. Thus, we exclude references and all quotes from the similarity report. Still, common phrases like, “this study was reviewed by the (name your favorite medical school) Institutional Review Board,” and, “a P value of less than .05 was considered to be statistically significant,” appear in the report. For these reasons, a journal staff member reviews each line on the report to determine whether matched items constitute plagiarism or just a commonality.
 
When journal staff detect a problem, it often stems from the manuscript author’s own published works (what the Committee on Publication Ethics terms “redundancy”). While redundancy (or self-plagiarism) may not seem serious, it is still plagiarism. In this case, journal staff would ask the author to rework necessary text to avoid self-plagiarism.
 
If you have any questions about journal CrossCheck procedures or plagiarism, please contact the journal at obgyn@greenjournal.org or (202) 314-2317.
About the Author

Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff is responsible for facilitating the peer-review process, supporting the editors, and responding to queries from authors, reviewers, and readers. The current staff comprises Rebecca S. Benner (director and managing editor), Denise Shields (manuscript editor), Stephanie Casway (production editor), Randi Y. Zung (editorial assistant), and Raquel Christie (editorial assistant). To contact the editorial office, call 202-314-2317 or e-mail obgyn@greenjournal.org.

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