Most of the time, the manager will never have to deal with plagiarism reports. However, it's 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 licenses 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.
The provider on your license should be known by your license administrator or can be found by checking a plagiarism report as an assessor on your license (See Plagiarism detection).
Standard plagiarism procedure
On a flow where the manager has made minimal changes to settings (defaults can differ between licenses), 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 (participant period) has ended.
- 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 available to assessors on the flow.
Importantly, papers are checked against each other for plagiarism internal to the exam (cannot be changed), but papers are only saved comparison with papers from other flows if the student chooses to make their paper available to the plagiarism providers database.
Note: Plagiarism controls are not run for the following flow types: FLOWhandin and FLOWmulti.
Individual deadlines for participants
When individual participants have individual deadlines, in step two of the procedure, the participant's paper is scheduled to be and sent to the plagiarism provider two hours after their individual participant 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 participants deadline (e.g. give the participant more time to re-submit his/her paper) after his/her hand-in to re-reschedule the send-off. This also means that you cannot reduce 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 disabled that the participant can withdraw his/her paper to re-submit his paper, the papers are sent off for plagiarism check one hour after the paper has been handed in.
High plagiarism results
When you get reports from assessors of participants with high plagiarism results it's 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 info on how to use the plagiarism report for your specific provider.