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[ RESEARCH INTEGRITY ] August 8, 2023

Fighting fraud: become a research integrity detective

Thanks to everyone who joined us with their trench coats and magnifying glasses to discover how to uncover research misconduct at its root. Our recent webinar set the strategy for all stakeholders to reveal the hidden underbelly of scholarly publishing, and featured an exclusive walkthrough of our Integrity Manager. Questions have been edited for length and clarity.

Webinar recording

Check out a link to the recording of our webinar here.


Questions about Morressier’s Integrity Manager


1. Does Over-cited analysis consider ref formats that include up to 3 authors, then 'et al'?  If the ref contains a DOI, you could, in principle, try to find a full author list.

Our citation checks go beyond the first author. We extract all named authors from the references text in the papers and then check each one.

2. Text reuse will be really dependent on the analyzed corpus.  To what are you comparing?

               Our plagiarism checks analyze and scan against all published papers with a DOI on the internet.

3. Are there significant differences between the standard plagiarism check softwares and your product?

Our innovative plagiarism detection tool is differentiated by its integration of the top technology and award-winning detection tools in the industry. This allows us to check for plagiarism in over 100 languages using advanced AI to detect the slightest variations within the text, including hidden and manipulated characters, paraphrasing, and AI-generated content.


Questions about integrity policies and thresholds

1. What is your threshold for over-citation, especially when in some fields there are relatively few major scholars.  How do you arrive at this criterion?

There’s so much variation between research disciplines, so it is very important that publishers set their own thresholds. The checks in our Integrity Manager are tools for editorial teams to review and add their own context to the situation. Passed checks are not the same thing as an acceptance, and failed checks are not the same thing as an article rejection. The thresholds set within our standard offering are based on the average thresholds across disciplines. 

2. How do you detect the type of plagiarism that is stealing the idea of another research, not the exact words and phrases?

There are many types of research misconduct that are much harder to detect than plagiarism, like what you’re describing in your question, or things like image manipulation. Today, this level of nuance still requires human review and the proactive efforts of authors to advocate for their work. However, we see a lot of potential in AI tools to analyze entire disciplines and create knowledge networks. Harnessing the power of those networks will help trace the evolution of ideas, and will make it easier to establish provenance for breakthroughs. 


Questions about access

1. How can a research student use this on a trial basis? 

Our Author Submission Checks allow individual researchers and students to check their work and make sure there are no mistakes prior to submission. It's a great tool to increase your chances of getting articles accepted. 

2. Is there a trial available for research purposes?

Yes there is. We are offering free trials for publishers to run a set number of papers through our Integrity Manager to test whether it meets their needs. Please get in touch with our team to talk to them about setting up one of these trials. 

3. How is it possible to access this service?

Get in touch with our team! We would be glad to help set up access to our Integrity Manager to see if it's the right fit for your published output. Set up is easy, and we offer a lot of flexibility. Integrity Manager can be used in addition to your content management system, as a standalone without messy integrations, so you can start protecting your content today. 



We’re proud to build the infrastructure that improves research integrity, making it easier to fight fraud and embed trust throughout the publishing process.

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