Most frequently asked questions
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First things first: Your documents are NEVER available on the public internet after you uploaded them to PlagScan. As a single user nobody has access to the full-text of your documents as long as you don't actively share your plagiarism reports. Below you find a list of how your document can serve as source for others, based on the respective setting (again, NOT sharing full-text).
|Internet||User database||Organization database||Plagiarism Prevention Pool|
|Compare with web sources||never||-||-||-|
|Check against my documents||never||+||-||-|
|Share with my organization||never||+||+||-|
|Become part of the Plagiarism Prevention Pool||never||+||+||+|
PlagScan uses an encrypted document transfer (256-bit SSL via https) for maximum security. If you like to activate encryption prior to logging in, select https://www.plagscan.com. Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the protocol that enables this safe data transfer via the internet. The SSL protocol makes sure that sensitive data such as credit card information, cannot be read or manipulated. It also constitutes the identity of an internet page. Many browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and others support SSL. SSL is indicated by a lock icon within your browser. The position of this icon may vary based on which browser you are using.
Your personal data is never sold or passed on to anybody by PlagScan or our business associates.
- Does it account for collusion?
- Does PlagScan check for documents other than those on the internet?
- What publishers databases are available for PlagScan
PlagScan's plagiarism search is based on four types of sources:
World Wide Web: We cooperate with Microsoft for covering the world wide web. Anything indexed by Bing is available for the check. Additionally, we deep scan academic sites and those of particular interest to our customers and thereby provide a unique coverage of internet content.
Your Repository / Collusion checking: You can upload files and compare them with the document you want to analyze.
For organizations: You additionally have the option to create/important your organization-wide repository, where you can cross-check documents between all the users in the platform.
Cooperating Publishers: PlagScan has a little over 20,000 journals available for your plagiarism check.
Plagiarism Prevention Pool (optional): If you choose to contribute to your documents to the plagiarism prevention pool, you get the chance to compare them with documents from other PlagScan users. NOTE: Other users will not get full-text access to your documents that way, but will just see the matches with your documents.
The time it takes to process a document depends on multiple factors (e.g. length and topic exoticness). Generally, you can assume that your report is finished between 1-10 minutes. During peak hours with very high server load, documents may not be processed for quite some time. We apologize in advance and ask that you check back the next day. If uploading and analysis is still not done, please contact us directly
You can view your plagiarism report directly in the browser or download them as a .pdf. Particularly useful is the Word docx report, where plagiarism findings are annotated directly within the MS Word document.
1. Make sure you use the right login:
- Username and password if you created an account
- Social logins (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook)
2. If you forgot your password:
- Go here and click on Request a new password.
- You will get an email with your new password.
- Make sure to change your password into something you can remember (in your account settings).
Here you can find a list of organizations searching for plagiarism with PlagScan.
You can find all of your invoices in the billing section of your account, at www.plagscan.com/billing after you have logged in. Please note that this overview is only available to organization users. Single users only get their receipts by email after purchase.
PlagScan allows you to create several organization users at the same time. If you have a user table in digital form, you can upload it via a table file (.csv, .xls, .xlsx, .ods from MS Excel and other spreadsheet programs).
Absolutely. PlagScan provides an Application Programming Interface (API), which allows you to integrate PlagScan functionality in your existing system.
For example: After the student submits a document, analysis takes place in the background. When the teacher accesses the paper for grading, the annotated version is already present. That way possible plagiarism can be considered during the teacher's normal grading routine and no extra work is necessary.
Please have a look at our PlagScan API documentation.
Organization users can create assignments with deadlines, and receive a submission code. With this code, third parties can upload their documents directly through the plagiarism portal to the user's account. The organization user is then able to label the documents uploaded with a specific code, in order to keep track of the uploads.