Report - Advanced Options

Different Views and Formats

PlagScan’s plagiarism report can be viewed in four different formats. You can find those in the right upper corner in the report:

 View as List:

This view contains a complete overview of the matches and sources of the document. 

 Show text-only version (View within text):

A simple format of the report, which works best for slow network connections.

 Download as PDF:

Receive a PDF version of the report, which refers to sources on top of the document.

 Word Document (docx) with annotations:

Download the report as Word document, containing sources on the side of the text via commenting function. 


This format is beneficial if you uploaded your document as Word file already. 

 Original Document

Download the original document before being checked for plagiarism.


Share your results with your entire organization or with specific colleagues by sending them a link that accesses the report.

As document owner, you can allow the other user to make modifications to a report. By clicking on the Share button, a popup dialog window opens. In that window, you can search by username or email address of the user you want to share your document with.

On the right side of the search box, you will find two icons (select the desired option by clicking on the drop-down).

  • If you want the other user to only view the report, click on the icon in a form of an eye.
  • If you want the other user to edit the report, click on the icon in a form of a pen

Note that the user must be a registered PlagScan member of your organization. 

In the share popup window, you will also find an overview of all users, which currently have a personalized share access to the document, including the mode (view/edit) and the option to delete (x) a share permission. 

Source List

The source list provides you with an overview of all sources matched to potential plagiarism within your text.

You can jump chronologically from one match to the next by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. This way, you can navigate through the report effectively. 

Origin of Sources

You can find the following symbols on top of your source list. Those symbols help you to organize sources according to their origin.

We provide you with some different views of the plagiarism report:

 All Sources: Shows matches from all source.

 Top three: Shows only the sources with the most matches.

 Internet Sources: Shows matches from all online sources.

 Organization Archive: Shows all matches within your organization.*

 Own documents: Shows matches within your own documents.

 Plagiarism Prevention Pool: Shows matches within the Plagiarism Prevention Pool.

*You have to activate this option beforehand (see How to customize Settings for the Plagiarism Check under Data policy)

The  Sign 

The  sign indicates that PlagScan has found clones of a source (with the exact same match). PlagScan groups those clones and hides them initially.
Click the  sign to view the sources.

Highlight matches in source

Click on Highlight match in source in order to highlight the matches in the original document. The highlighted passage will be marked in a different color, which helps you find it quickly. 

Use the  next match button to highlight the next match.

To view exclusive sources, you need the original author’s or publisher’s permission.

Highlights in the Report

PlagScan uses colored highlighting to illustrate potential plagiarism and citations. 

The highlighted passages are listed in cohesion to the Source List. 
For example, if you click on a red passage, you will notice that also the matching source will be highlighted.

There are three different colours for the sources:


Exact matches with the sources.


Matches that might have been paraphrased. 


Matches that PlagScan acknowledged as quotes. 

Edit Highlighting

Multiple ways enable you to edit highlighting within the report.

Remove Red Highlighting

If you disagree with the suggested red highlights, you can easily remove them:

  1. Select the red text passage. 
  2. Click on Remove marking in the blue top bar.
  3. Confirm your changes by clicking on Save changes.

The match remains listed in the source list but won’t influence the PlagLevel. 

Whether or not text has been plagiarized can only be decided by you or the person who is reviewing the report. PlagScan refers to the similarities between the document and the found sources. In case of doubt, a manual comparison is indispensable.

Define Highlights as Quotes

Follow these steps to identify a properly cited text passage:

  1. Select the passage.
  2. Click on Citation in the blue top bar.
  3. The selected text is now highlighted in green.
  4. Confirm your changes by clicking on Save changes.

Depending on your Settings (under ‘Advanced options' > Citation detection), green passages may not influence your PlagLevel.