FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 10, 2013

American Chemical Society Implements CrossCheck Plagiarism Screening

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2013 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division has implemented CrossCheck powered by iThenticate to assist its journal editorial offices with screening for plagiarism. In publishing only original research, ACS is committed to deterring plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.

Sarah Tegen, Ph.D., Director, Editorial Office Operation ACS Publications says, “ACS Publications is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record and copyright of the journals it publishes.” ACS and its Editors adhere to the principle that the observance and practice of high ethical standards is vital to the entire scientific enterprise. Toward that end, guidelines for a course of conduct by those engaged in the publication of chemical research—specifically, editors, authors, and manuscript reviewers—are set forth in the ACS Ethical Guidelines to the Publication of Chemical Research. CrossCheck aids in this process.

The CrossCheck initiative, created by CrossRef and powered by iParadigms' iThenticate software, provides a mechanism for detecting plagiarism in scholarly publications. CrossCheck consists of two parts, a content repository and the iThenticate software. The content repository is a large database of professional and scholarly work into which ACS and many other scholarly publishers have deposited their published content. The iThenticate software compares submitted manuscripts against content in the repository and provides reports that help editors verify originality.

About the American Chemical Society: The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides the worldwide scientific community with a comprehensive collection of the most-cited, peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences. ACS Publications publishes more than 40 journals, Chemical & Engineering News, C&EN Archives, ACS Legacy Archives, and the ACS Symposium Series via its award-winning Web-based platform. ACS journals are #1 in citations or Impact Factor in the seven chemistry categories as well as nine additional categories.

About CrossRef: CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org) is a not-for-profit membership association of publishers. Since its founding in 2000, CrossRef has provided reference linking services for over 62 million scholarly content items, including journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, reference entries, technical reports, standards, and data sets. CrossRef also provides additional collaborative services designed to improve trust in the scholarly communications process, including Cited-By linking, CrossCheck plagiarism screening, CrossMark update identification, and the FundRef funder identification service.

About iParadigms: iParadigms' iThenticate solution is the leader in plagiarism detection in research, publishing, and many other commercial markets. The company's various solutions (Turnitin, WriteCheck, and iThenticate) check millions of documents each month and are used in more than 100 countries. iParadigms is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office located in Newcastle, U.K

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The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.