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Starting out: best practices for implementing a plagiarism policy

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Panel at “Starting out” event in June 2014 share best practice in developing plagiarism policy (left to right):
Stella-Maris I Orim & Irene Glendinning, Coventry University, UK
Jorge Joel Reyes-Mendez, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
Sonia Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Teddi Fishman, International Center for Academic Integrity, US
Panel at “Starting out” event in June 2014 share best practice in developing plagiarism policy.

Anne Flood, TurnitinAnne Flood, Turnitin

Addressing student plagiarism and implementing policies and procedures in this area is undoubtedly a challenge for any institution. Whilst providing a robust framework for dealing with potential instances of malpractice any guidance should also represent an empowering and positive journey towards academic integrity for students. The importance of transparency in developing institutional guidelines and procedures in addressing plagiarism is paramount in order to prevent any accusations of unfair treatment or bias from students.

In many ways developing this framework is a process of change management and key to success is developing policies and procedures with buy-in from stakeholders from all areas of the institution. Teaching staff should also be included in any discussions so as to ensure that they know what is expected of them as part of the wider assessment process and how their individual teaching practice aligns with the policy.

Papers and keynotes now on site!

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A selection of 6IIPC keynote sessions are now live on and can be found here! Papers and presentations given at the conference in June have also been uploaded to the site. You can find these in Conference Proceedings 2014. *Any individual who did not want their work published to the site has been excluded.

Remember, you can search via keyword or author name in the upper righthand corner for any paper, keynote or resource. Papers and keynotes for past conferences can still be downloaded and viewed here and for any other resources please visit the Resources page.

6IIPC review: Our "most international" conference to date celebrated

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Will Murray opens the conference

Last month held our biennial, world-renowned plagiarism event, the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference which took place June 16-18 at the Sage Gateshead in the north east of England. The event, sponsored in part by Turnitin, brought together experts from across the globe to discuss best practice, policy and perceptions around plagiarism.

The conference attracted more than 200 delegates, including lecturers, teachers and researchers, from 46 countries, with 40+ sessions and workshops given from 16 different countries...

Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair

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Plagiarism, Power and Jayson BlairThe sensational story of disgraced New York Times journalist Jayson Blair will be told at the 6IIPC. Blair caused scandal at the newspaper in 2003 when he was discovered to have plagiarised the work of other reporters.

Extracts from documentary 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair' will be screened at this year's conference in June. The film's director Samantha Grant will feature as a keynote speaker and will introduce the clips.

Samantha said: "I think a lot of people lost a lot of faith in journalism as a whole, as a profession, because of what Jayson did. He’s seen as the poster child for plagiarism, for everything wrong with journalism.

6IIPC Trailer

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Let’s Keep Turnitin On! 2nd Middle East Academic Integrity Seminar 2014

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aboutBy speaker Radhika Iyer-O’Sullivan

The second Middle East Academic Integrity Seminar was held on February 26th at UAEU, Al Ain. This day-long seminar had speakers from the region and the UK, and more than 50 attendees mainly from Al Ain and Dubai. The event opened with a quick welcome from Rany Al Baghdadi, Vice-President of Sales and Training, TechKnowledge. Then, James Thorley, Director of International Sales, Turnitin (Newcastle, UK) presented the Turnitin Roadmap, which included a product update and some additional information on updates that are due to be released soon. He also shared some key statistics on turnitin usage.

Some of the vital changes that Turnitin has implemented recently are acceptance of any type of file uploads including audio and video files, and also increasing its support capability to 24/7 to cater for nations in the Middle East, which tend to have different weekends from western countries. One of the updates to look forward to is the facility of multiple graders on GradeMark, which will allow double blind marking for all submissions.

Rany Al Baghdadi then took centre stage to introduce Al Manhal, the database for Arabic publications and research. He reiterated that there is now a ‘change of culture’ in the region and that students are now increasingly moving away from a ‘cut and paste’ culture to reading, thinking, analyzing and writing. As the UAE and nearby countries continue to grow as education hubs, Al Manhal is now a much needed vital facility. Several western institutions are also using Al Manhal for their certain departments like Islamic Studies. Since its tie-up with Turnitin, about 70,000 Arabic publications have been submitted into Turnitin.

The next keynote speaker was Ian McNaught from Majan College. Muscat, Oman. Mr. McNaught gave some great tips on implementing online assignment management in higher education. He was responsible for implementing use of Turnitin in his previous workplace in Huddersfield, UK, and has now done the same at Majan College. His tips included having a proper ‘roadmap’, consistency across board, providing proper training for academics and staff, and training students on how to interpret reports. He also had particular praise for the Turnitin iPad App, which unlike other apps, has been effective and impressive in fulfilling all functions of Turnitin usage.

The final presenter was Radhika Iyer-O’Sullivan, who is a freelance and independent consultant and trainer. Her interactive session delved into the challenges that students face when they lack academic literacy skills and shared some resources and strategies that could help students learn to be ‘players’ in the highly competitive and unpredictable realm of academia. Ms. Iyer-O’Sullivan contended that academic literacy skills have to be explicitly taught and recommended innovative assessments to allow students to express creativity. She also argued that academic literacy skills should also be embedded within academic modules so that students are constantly practicing their skills within a relevant context. Finally, she shared some resources on Turnitin, and other universities that could help both staff and students in being ‘socialized’ into the culture of academic integrity.

Plagiarism blog

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7Plagiarism Today (2005-)

The Plagiarism Today blog was started in 2005 when author Jonathan Bailey became fed up with others plagiarising his work and created the site as a resource to help other content creators deal with misuse of their works. Since then the site has expanded to address issues of academic plagiarism as well as other forms of scholarly and artistic misconduct.

Cite this resource: Plagiarism Today (2012) Available at: (Accessed: 27 November 2012).

"Starting out"- Best practices for implementing a plagiarism policy

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Starting OutColleagues from non-UK institutions who are looking to develop a plagiarism policy are invited to attend our "Starting out" event.

The event will precede the International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference on Monday 16 June 2014 and will feature case studies and workshop sessions from speakers from around the globe, showcasing the work of members of the PlagiarismAdvice academic network.

Introducing the interactive academic network map

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aboutA New interactive map aims to showcase experts and enthusiasts working with to promote academic integrity to a global audience.

Members of the global academic community have been key to showcasing innovative approaches to preventing plagiarism and promoting academic integrity to fellow colleagues through conference attendance, visiting other institutions and colleagues and initiating both face to face and online training and awareness events. This vibrant and varied network of academic colleagues has proved to be invaluable in sharing good practice and research with fellow academics in countries worldwide.

Academic integrity policy toolkit launched

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aboutThe culmination of a 12 month Australian Academic Integrity project has seen the launch of the Academic Integrity Policy Toolkit. The Exemplary Academic Integrity Project (EAIP), funded by the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and led by IAAIC member, Dr Tracey Bretag and colleagues from two other Australian universities recently launched the online toolkit.

The toolkit offers practical guidance on developing and implementing an academic integrity policy or reviewing or updating existing guidelines and is backed up with examples of good practice from universities in the region.

A National strategy for addressing student plagiarism

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Fostering a culture of honesty and academic integrityIn 2001 concerns about the ‘cut and paste’ culture prompted the UK to take proactive steps to establish a national approach to this growing problem, which would see educational institutions implement policies and procedures to address plagiarism and promote academic integrity. An integral part of this strategy was to embed the text matching software, Turnitin into institutional policy and practice. Over a decade later there is evidence to suggest that use of Turnitin alongside a review of assessment and institutional policy and practice has been effective in reducing unoriginal essay content as submitted to the software. In addition, there has been a positive impact on both general awareness of the issue and also the student learning experience.

Plagiarism is a global issue which transcends geographical and cultural boundaries and this case study explores the UK experience and demonstrates how other regions can benefit from this approach.

The conference adopts an open publication model, by which individual authors/institutions retain copyright, but submissions are licensed for use with the
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK licence
, which does not permit commercial use or changes to the original work.