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The Battle Against Plagiarism

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Author(s): Satendra Singh

Journal: Australasian Medical Journal
ISSN 1836-1935

Volume: 3;
Issue: 13;
Start page: 840;
Date: 2010;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Scientific literature is plagued by duplicate publications. The fight against plagiarism is about to take a crucial turn with the advent of a plethora of plagiarism detection software programmes. The one which is making biggest waves is the Virginia Innovation laboratory’s ‘Déjà vu’. This duplicate citation database devised by Garner utilizes eTBLAST, a text similarity-based search engine. Nature has published reports in the last few years where many duplicate citations have been detected, deposited in Déjà vu databases and editors have started retracting articles. The dual combination of freely available eTBLAST tool and Déjà vu database act as an ethical ombudsman and can very well be a deterrent against unethical practices.
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