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Saturday, November 10, 2018

iThenticate and Its Place in Communicating Science

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Did you know that one in three editors encounter plagiarism regularly?

We hear the stories every day. A number of television personalities, politicians, and writers have admitted to plagiarizing. Whether intentional or not, plagiarism has affected every industry, including scholarly communications, no doubt fueled by the easy access to information through the Internet.

The Nurse Practitioner is committed to delivering high-quality articles for its readers. Part of what that means, in addition to undergoing a rigorous peer review, is that content is free from plagiarism. Fortunately, plagiarism detection software has also become more advanced as of late. iThenticate is one type of software that can be used to ensure that a piece hasn't been plagiarized. It assists authors, editors, and publishers with monitoring for potential plagiarism or academic misconduct in articles. iThenticate boasts the largest scholarly comparison database and has checked over 50 million documents for plagiarism.

The process takes only three steps:

1. Content is uploaded via Editorial Manager, where it is screened using iThenticate prior to being routed for peer review. Authors' work is safe and will not be disseminated.

2. Uploaded documents are compared against those in a large database for plagiarism and attributes using iThenticate's software. The software crawls against documents in other publications and online to check for similarities.  

3. The compared document will be ready to review in just a few minutes. The report includes complete results including any unattributed sources and matched content. Editors of the journal use this report to examine whether plagiarism has occurred and decide how to address findings.

Authors, researchers, subscribers, and editors comprising The Nurse Practitioner's ecosystem can rest assured knowing that all manuscripts submitted for consideration are required to pass through iThenticate prior to being accepted for publication. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins journals are proud to take a strong stand behind integrity in scholarly publications and communications, especially knowing that the information you trust in The Nurse Practitioner informs the important work you do in caring for patients.