Trends in plagiarism and text-matching detection software

Scholarly publishers have widely adopted text-matching detection software, but this led to some concerning developments. Some authors have a tendency to rewrite their texts that do contain plagiarism until popular software does not raise an alarm. Or they use techniques of disguising plagiarism that are not discoverable by current systems.

In this talk, Debora Weber-Wulff, a leading plagiarism researcher who has been working with the VroniPlag Wiki plagiarism documentation group since 2011 and testing test-matching software since 2004, will give an overview of a plagiarism typology. The results of the most recent test of text-matching software systems will be presented and the challenges with the use of such systems will be discussed. There will be ample time for questions and discussion after the talk.

This free webinar is the first of a series organized by STM around the topic of research integrity, featuring trends, technological developments, and specialists in the field.

Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff, originally from the USA, is a computer scientist and professor for media and computing at the HTW engineering college in Berlin, Germany, and is a fellow of the "Gesellschaft für Informatik".

She has been publishing on the topic of plagiarism since 2002 and has been testing software tools for the detection of plagiarism since 2004 with the most recent publication in 2020

Her book “False Feathers: An Academic Perspective on Plagiarism” was published by Springer in 2014, a chapter in the "Handbook of Academic Integrity" on the use of software to detect plagiarism was published in 2016.

Since 2011 she has been active in the German academic community VroniPlag Wiki that documents plagiarism in doctoral dissertations and other academic publications. This work has encouraged a wide discussion of plagiarism in Germany.

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