Call for Papers – Machine-based plagiarism: The death of originality in the digital age?

June 28, 2020

special issue 30 April 2021International Journal for Educational Integrity (published by BMC Springer Nature) calls for submissions for a special issue on machine-based plagiarism.


Paraphrasing tools, translation software and ‘article spinners’ are text-processing applications easily found and accessed via the Internet. Text, ranging from phrases through to longer documents such as essays, can be entered in one field and then ‘spun’, reprocessed or translated.  The output from paraphrasing tools, article spinners and translation software can mislead people into thinking that these tools create a new form of original writing.

While the revised text may look different to the original, the tools usually produce poor quality outputs.  Submitting the output for academic credit can be considered a form of plagiarism, and where researchers use the tools to reprocess their existing work, outputs can be considered to be a form of self-plagiarism.

Topics of particular interest are:

  • Machine-based plagiarism
  • Article spinners
  • Machine-based paraphrasing tools
  • Machine learning as it relates to academic integrity
  • Artificial intelligence as it relates to academic integrity
  • Translation software and automated text processing as an emerging threat to academic integrity

Edited by: 
Tracey Bretag, University of South Australia Business School, Adelaide – Co-Editor-in-Chief
Ann Rogerson, University of Wollongong, Australia –  Special Guest Editor
Sarah Elaine Eaton, University of Calgary, Canada – Co-Editor-in-Chief

Deadline for submissions: April 31, 2021

See the full call for papers here:

We welcome queries from prospective contributors. Send queries to: Sarah Elaine Eaton


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Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, and the Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity, University of Calgary, Canada. Opinions are my own and do not represent those of the University of Calgary.

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