Limiting Plagiarism

iThenticate is a plagiarism detection service for the corporate market, from iParadigms, which also runs the websites Turnit and The software checks uploaded documents against a database containing over 60 billion webpages and 155 million content items, including 49 million works from 800 scholarly publisher participants.

The tool does not say if plagiarism occurred or not, but provides a similarity score and a report.

The EPFL administration will soon also rely on iThenticate to automatically verify the authenticity of submitted thesis.

The EPFL library provides you tools to check the “Similarity index” of your own thesis

How to use IThenticate with my Thesis

Every PhD student has an iThenticate account provided by EPFL. To activate it, log in to, then click on Requests>Education>Ithenticate Account Request, then fill in and submit the form. You will then receive further info on accessing your account. If you have any access problems, please contact [email protected]

The library is otherwise happy to help you with any questions you might have about using iThenticate.

When logged in, you can upload a document.


You can choose to generate a report and/or to upload the document to the repository. You also need to give some metadata (title, author).


Be aware that the file you upload has to comply with the following requirements (based on, consulted on November 14, 2016).

* file size: maximum 40MB (and maximum 2MB of raw text)

* zip file: maximum 200MB or 1,000 files

* document length: minimum 20 words, maximum 400 pages

* supported documents types: Word, Text, PostScript, PDF, HTML, Word Perfect WPD, OpenOffice ODT, RTF, Hangul HWP

Reading the iThenticate report

For more details on how to read your iThenticate report, please follow the link below and go to the bottom of the redirected page: