iThenticate at the University of Melbourne
A new text-matching tool for research staff and graduate researchers.
iThenticate is a text-matching tool that enables researchers and graduate researchers to compare their research writing drafts with an extensive database of research literature. Using iThenticate throughout the writing process can help to assure the originality of writing, the correct attribution of prior work and identify and address potential instances of problematic matching text to improve writing practices.
The use of iThenticate by researchers and graduate researchers has been endorsed by the University of Melbourne Research Ethics and Integrity Strategy Committee.
iThenticate is the leading technology in the area of detecting text similarity in research and many scholarly journal publishers use iThenticate to check manuscript submissions before publication. Documents submitted to iThenticate are not stored and searchable in any comparison database. iThenticate allows research groups to use the tool collectively by permitting users to choose to share their similarity reports with other users.
It is important to note that while iThenticate can identify areas of writing that match text from existing literature, further assessment by the author, supervisor, or other experts in the field is also required to ensure the originality of the work before submission and/or publication.
Access and Use
Do not click Sign Up and pay for a subscription on the iThenticate homepage. The University of Melbourne has purchased a site licence.
All University of Melbourne staff can access iThenticate via the University of Melbourne single sign-on system. Navigate to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/hgg6 to be taken to the login screen. Note that the login screen and Terms and Conditions refer to Turnitin because Turnitin company owns iThenticate.
All Graduate Researchers have had iThenticate accounts created for them and new Graduate Researchers will have accounts created for them in weekly batches and will receive an activation email from firstname.lastname@example.org with login instructions. If you are a graduate researcher and have not yet received an activation email for an iThentcate account, please submit a request for assistance in ServiceNow via Student Services.
iThenticate is available to researchers and graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne for their research produced in connection with the University of Melbourne. Users are permitted to use iThenticate to check only their own writing and writing that they have co-authored. iThenticate will not be able to be used by staff when marking or reviewing someone else’s writing. It is advised that iThenticate is used to check drafts and final versions of manuscripts prior to submission for publication. Graduate researchers are also be advised to check their research writing drafts throughout the thesis writing process, especially before submitting for confirmation and final submission.
Support and Training
iThenticate users are advised to read the following resources produced by the University of Melbourne:
If you are concerned or confused about your iThenticate similarity report and/or the originality of your writing drafts, the following options are available:
- Discuss and share the similarity reports with your supervisor if you are a graduate researcher;
- Contact your local Research Integrity Advisor for discipline-specific or general advice about text matching, plagiarism or other research integrity concerns;
- Contact your local Faculty and Subject Liaison Librarian for support regarding discipline-specific citation and referencing practices;
- Submit a request for assistance in ServiceNow via Staff Services or Student Services. Research Integrity and/or a discipline specific Research Integrity Advisor will get in touch to provide advice and tools to address these concerns with an educative response.
Mandate for graduate researchers to use iThenticate prior to thesis submission
From 30 March 2020, graduate researchers will be required to check the full draft of their thesis in iThenticate prior to thesis submission. Supervisors and Chairs of Examiners must consider the iThenticate similarity report in deciding whether the thesis is ready for examination to ensure the originality of writing and the correct attribution of prior work. The mandate comes following a change to the Graduate Research Training Policy in October 2019. More information about the mandate can be found on the Graduate Research Hub thesis submission page.
iThenticate has been provided to the University of Melbourne researchers and graduate research students in accordance with the following policies:
For more information and resources about Research and Academic Integrity and writing skills at the University of Melbourne, please visit: