What practices to other OJS journals and journal editors follow to detect and avoid plagiarism in submissions?
Some commercial journals are now routinely screening all submitted manuscripts with online software, and after only a few months of using such a tool one journal editor I know has found quite a few examples of plagiarism, mostly fairly benign (scattered passages of self-plagiarsm), but a few have been quite severe. Building plagiarism detection into a journal workflow seems like it would be a great idea if feasible.
There is an OJS plugin for iThenticate that accomplishes this, but requires a separate iThenticate contract. I don't have pricing, but conventional wisdom is that iThenticate is expensive, possibly too much so for a low-budget OA journal such as ones I might support as publisher.
What are other OJS journals doing about plagiarism? Is anyone actually using iThenticate (and if so, would you be willing to compare notes on pricing)? Are you using some other approach to systematically check journal submissions?
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