Most of the time, the manager will not have to deal with plagiarism reports. However, it is useful to know how the plagiarism integration works in terms of when papers are sent to the plagiarism service and received by WISEflow.
First, different licences have different plagiarism providers: These include Ephorus and Urkund. The time it takes for plagiarism reports to be available to assessors and how papers are compared is dependent on the provider and their status and current load.
Your licence administrator will know what provider is used on your licence, and you can see as an assessor on a plagiarism report (See Plagiarism detection).
Standard plagiarism procedure
On a flow where the manager has made minimal changes to the settings, (defaults can differ between licences), the plagiarism procedure can be described as:
- A participant hands in a paper.
- The paper is put in a queue and scheduled to be sent to the plagiarism provider two hours after the participant's deadline (the participant period) has been passed.
- Two hours after the participant period has ended, the paper is transferred to the plagiarism provider.
- Two-three hours later (usually, dependent on the provider and their load), the plagiarism report will be received by WISEflow and made available to assessors on the flow.
Importantly, papers on the same flow are checked against each other for plagiarism internally (cannot be changed), but papers are only available for comparison with papers from other flows, if the student chooses to make their paper available to the database of the plagiarism provider.
Note: Plagiarism controls are not run for the following flow types: FLOWhandin and FLOWmulti.
Individual deadlines for participants
When participants have individual deadlines, in step two of the procedure, the participant's paper is scheduled to be sent to the plagiarism provider two hours after their individual participation period ends.
Importantly, if the participant has handed in one time and the send-off has been scheduled once, it cannot be re-scheduled. Therefore, you cannot administratively change the participant's deadline (e.g. give the participant more time to re-submit the paper) after his/her hand-in, to re-reschedule the send-off. This also means that you cannot alter the time of the deadline to speed up the send-off of the paper for plagiarism.
However, it will always be the most recent uploaded paper that is sent at the scheduled time.
No withdrawal of paper
If you have prevented that the participant from withdrawing the paper to re-submit it, the paper is sent off to plagiarism check one hour after the paper has been handed in.
High plagiarism results
When you receive reports from assessors of participants with high plagiarism results it is important that you remind them to check the plagiarism report. Especially in group exams with individual papers, where papers can have high amounts of similar material, the plagiarism report allows the assessor to check whether the sections of the paper that have shown plagiarism are legal or illegal plagiarism. We recommend that you read the article Plagiarism detection for information on how to use the plagiarism report for your specific provider.