Publishers are getting a new tool in the fight against plagiarism in scientific manuscripts. The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters linkurl:announced;http://scientific.thomsonreuters.com/press/2008/8452130/ on May 1 that they would be offering their clients - the publishers of many well-read science journals - the option to employ iThenticate, a tool that checks submitted manuscripts for potential copy-catting against databases of previously published work. According to Logan Hutchinson, a product manager in the Scientific business at Thomson Reuters, iThenticate "will reduce linkurl:research integrity violations;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/home/38023/ and linkurl:plagiarism";http://www.the-scientist.com/news/20040922/02/ by using technology to point editorial staff members in the direction of such infractions. "It's meant to provide a body of evidence," Hutchinson said. The iThenticate tool will be offered as a part of the Manuscript Central service that many of Thomson Reuters' publisher-clients use for automated manuscript submission. iThenticate will digitally search, or "crawl," the text of submitted manuscripts, comparing it to existing manuscripts stored in publisher-stocked...
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