A BBC investigation has revealed the growing trade in essay writing services which offer to provide students with custom written work which they can simply add their name to and hand in to university and college tutors as their own work. Whilst these services claim to provide sample work for research purposes only an undercover journalist has found that students are encouraged to hand this work in as their own.

These recent findings concur with research carried out by PlagiarismAdvice.org which also found that in many cases work provided is of poor quality and has more than likely been taken from a range of web sources without proper attribution. The widespread use of plagiarism detection software, such as Turnitin within universities means that students using these services are not only likely to be out of pocket financially, but are taking a huge risk with their academic careers. Most universities and colleges have procedures in place to address this form of malpractice and students found using essay writing services are likely to be accused of plagiarism, and face serious sanctions.

PlagiarismAdvice.org has been working in this area for over 10 years to promote academic integrity from students and assist universities and colleges with strategies to prevent this kind of plagiarism and malpractice. The service provides a range of free resources on approaches to encouraging original and rewarding assessment tasks from students and policy guidance for instititions to address plagiarism and malpractice.

It is with great pleasure that the International Center for Academic Integrity formally announces its 2013 Annual International Conference on Academic Integrity. The conference will take place Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 February, 2013 at the Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, US!  The theme for 2013 is "Academic Integrity Comes of Age." The call for proposals is now open and the deadline for submissions is 7 December 2012. Conference registration will open soon!  Please visit the ICAI events website for more information.

As you may know, the unfortunate and untimely occurrence of Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the centre's 20th Anniversary Conference which would have taken place in early November 2012 at Princeton University.  In view of this, the February 2013 event will carry the celebration over and include as many of the cancelled presentations and events as possible.  Details are still being finalised, including pre-conference workshops and keynote speakers, but the intention is to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the same capacity as they would have in Princeton.

The International conference for the IPPHEAE project will take place 12-13 June 2013 at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. The call for papers is now open and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 23 November 2012, please see poster for more details.

Research papers, posters and workshops are welcomed in following areas:

  • Best practices and strategies for awareness, prevention, detection of academic misconduct
  • Innovation in use of e-tools and technologies for addressing plagiarism
  • Internationalisation, student mobility and academic integrity
  • National and local responses to plagiarism
  • Impacts on student plagiarism arising from the Bologna process

Important dates:

  • Submission of abstracts 23 November 2012 (deadline extended)
  • Feedback from peer review 14 December 2012
  • Submission of full papers 1 February 2013
  • Feedback from peer review 8 March 2013
  • Final copies of papers 12 April 2013
  • Conference 12 and 13 June 2013
  • Early bird registration cut off 12 April

For further details please visit the conference website.

Will Murray, founder of PlagiarismAdvice.org will speak at the International Center for Academic Integrity conference taking place in New Jersey, US from 2-4 November. Will's presentation entitled "In search of originality: lessons from ten years of service in the UK" will highlight the challenges and triumphs of raising awareness of plagiarism in the UK where as a result Turnitin is used by 98% of universities as part of their approach to addressing plagiarism. The full conference programme is n now available.

Papers, presentation slides and keynote video recordings from July's conference are now available to view online.