Tag Archives: plagiarism

Image and text forensics

I was looking for some simple tools for clone detection in pictures – unfortunately or luckily – there is no one button solution also in 2020.

To extract the pictures I use unar (“brew install unar”) which preserves much more detail than a screenshot. For the next step, I can recommend Forensically, Fotoforensics or Reveal.

Maybe there are also situations where some some individual adjustments are needed where I move to Affinity like in the following picture.

source https://twitter.com/science_surf/status/1216269150064082946

For text plagiarism check, it probably needs some paid service: docoloc, Plagscan or Turnitin (German researchers may get an account at GWDG in Göttingen). For simple text comparison I use BBEdit while for PDFs I suggest Copyleaks.

“There is currently worldwide concern over corruption in education. This concern touches all Member States and all levels of education” according to the European Counsil. Academic integrity is now a major issue that needs much more attention.

Open peer review – publish first, review later

c’t 10.2008:82-89 has a nice article about open peer review “Die Weisheit der Massen” summarizing the current peer review process – the top line of the cartoon below. Following submission of a paper, it is initially screened for some formal requirements before being submitted to anonymous peer review and finally being published. Anonymous peer review lasts between 2 months and 2 years (!) and is abbreviated so far only by one biomedical journal Continue reading Open peer review – publish first, review later