EDOC Plagiarism check

Information on plagiarism for PhD students

You and your thesis directors are provided with access to iThenticate, which is a tool that highlights any sentences and paragraphs in your documents (scientific reports, thesis) that are also found in other online documents.

In the future, all submitted thesis will automatically be verified with this tool. It will be your responsibility to explain the outcome of this verification to your thesis Director and the President of your thesis jury.

All doctoral candidates are encouraged to take some time to make themselves familiar with the iThenticate tool, and learn how to interpret its results. Given the importance of this issue, you should be cognizant of the tool and try it out on your thesis before it is submitted.

In order to make you aware of the different aspects of plagiarism, and to support you in learning how to reference correctly in your documents, a new informative website – Similarity Check – has been put in place. Please check out this informative website, and don’t hesitate to contact the EPFL Library in case you have any remaining questions on plagiarism or iThenticate, and the EPFL Doctoral School if you have questions concerning the verification of your thesis against plagiarism.

Steps to follow

Before submitting your jury proposal to the secretary of your doctoral program, you can test your thesis with iThenticate.

Once your thesis has been submitted (6 weeks before your oral exam), IS-Academia will automatically trigger the testing of your thesis with iThenticate and generate a report, which will be accessible to your thesis Director and the President of your jury.

If the jury President finds it necessary, s/he can discuss the report with the thesis Director. The jury President then takes the responsibility to validate it via IS-Academia. Invitations are then sent to the other jury members, along with the thesis.