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Screening for duplicate text

From 1 February 2015 the Graduate School of Health will screen all submitted PhD dissertations for duplicate text.

This is part of the Graduate School of Health’s work towards ensuring high scientific standards and responsible conduct of research.

The screening will be carried out by AU Library, Health Sciences and will take place prior to sending the PhD dissertation to the assessment committee.

Immediately after submission the PhD dissertations will be send to AU Library, Health Sciences and screened in the software system iThenticate.

The text in the dissertation will be compared to text from relevant databases using iThenticate.

The screening will take place within 3 business days, and a report will be returned to The Graduate School of Health.

A committee on duplicate text screening comprised of representatives from the departments will assess questionable duplicate text.

Duplicate text is not found by iThenticate

Duplicate text is found by iThenticate

A report is sent to the Graduate School by AU Library, Health Sciences

A report with a remark of duplicate text is sent to the Graduate School by AU Library, Health Sciences

The PhD dissertation is sent to the assessment committee by the Graduate School

The PhD dissertation and the report is sent to the committee on duplicate text screening

The duplicate text found by iThenticate is assessed by the committee

If the committee on duplicate text screening finds that the duplicate text does not indicate plagiarism, the PhD dissertation is sent to the assessment committee by the Graduate School

If the committee finds that the duplicate text is questionable, the committee sends a statement to the Graduate School, which will be forwarded to the PhD student and main supervisor. In continuation hereof the date of the defence might be postponed. Depending of the type and extent of duplicate text the Graduate School might forward a recommendation for decision to the head of department

The consequence for the PhD student depends on the type and extent of duplicate text


For information on how to avoid duplicate text, please visit the website of The Office of Research Integrity

For questions regarding the screening for duplicate text, please contact the Graduate School of Health

For questions regarding duplicate text and the work of the committee on duplicate text screening please contact the chairman of the committee Peter Hokland: phokland@clin.au.dk  

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Revised 16.05.2017