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Elma Kleikamp | Team Leader EES Application Management, Elsevier

Update, November 2013 - Since this Short Communication was published, there has been a change to the planned timeline for integration. The technology is currently being piloted with a group of journals and the EES team aims to roll it out to all journals by the beginning of 2014.

An integration of the plagiarism detection software CrossCheck with our Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is due to go live next month.

CrossCheck uses iThenticate originality detection software to identify text similarities which may indicate plagiarism. It does this by  comparing manuscripts with both a web repository and the CrossCheck database, which contains more than 50 million published articles.

Currently the software needs to be operated separately from EES, which means editors wanting to use it to check manuscript(s) must login to iThenticate and upload the papers before they can view the results.

The new CrossCheck-EES integration will benefit editors in several ways:

  • The article will automatically be uploaded to iThenticate at the submission stage. Editors will be able to access the similarity report by clicking a CrossCheck/iThenticate Results link in EES. They will no longer have to download/upload files themselves.
  • All editors who can view the EES article can access the similarity report for that article.
  • To help editors quickly identify articles that need further assessment, the ‘largest match from a single source’ value will be displayed beside the CrossCheck/iThenticate Results link.

The integration is scheduled to go live in October 2013.