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June 23, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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CrossCheck Plagiarism Screening Service Launches

CrossRef ( has announced the official launch of CrossCheck, a new initiative to aid publishers in verifying the originality of scholarly content. Following on the success of CrossRef’s recent pilot of CrossCheck, this service is now open to all CrossRef member publishers.

CrossRef partnered with iParadigms, LLC ( in creating CrossCheck powered by iThenticate ( CrossRef members who choose to participate can verify the originality of works submitted for publication using the iParadigms iThenticate service to check against a vast database of proprietary as well as open web content.

The CrossCheck database is already slated to cover more than 20 million journal articles from the following participating publishers: Association for Computing Machinery, American Society of Neuroradiology, BMJ Publishing Group, Elsevier, IEEE, International Union of Crystallography, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Sage, Informa U.K. (Taylor & Francis), and Wiley Blackwell. With the launch, both publisher participation and the CrossCheck database should grow quickly.

Until now, there was no automated way to check submissions against previous publications because the published literature had not been indexed and "text fingerprinted" for this purpose. According to Ed Pentz, CrossRef’s executive director, "CrossCheck is only as strong as the collective whole. It was important that the pilot publishers joined on but now we need the rest of the CrossRef members to join this initiative. … We anticipate expanding the database of content very rapidly."

Source: CrossRef

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