Chula and NSTDA collaborate to combat plagiarism in research works

Chula and NSTDA Collaborate to Share Plagiarism Check Program Databases

Chulalongkorn University has signed an academic agreement with NSTDA to share databases of the plagiarism check programs, Akkaravisut and the CopyCatch, to enhance duplication detection and prevent plagiarism of national research works.

Representatives of Chulalongkorn University, the Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University, and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)  signed the memorandum of understanding on “Plagiarism Check for Research Works (Akkharawisut program and CopyCatch program)”, at the Chaloem Rajakumari 60th Birthday Building,

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thammanoon Nuchak, Dean of the Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University, mentioned that Chulalongkorn University has developed the Akkaravisut program and provided access to educational institutions, government sectors and state enterprises. The program can be used to check plagiarism for research work free of charge. From 2014 until now, more than 150 educational agencies have collaborated with Chula Akkarawisut to share plagiarism check databases for thesis, journals, and articles.

The academic collaboration will also help build a network of cooperation between institutions that develop plagiarism check programs, strengthening academics and detect duplication of research articles.

Prof. Prasit Palittapongarnpim, Acting Deputy Director of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, said that NSTDA recognizes the importance of promoting awareness about plagiarism. In Thailand, Chula’s Akkharavisut program is currently the main program used to detect plagiarism. Since NSTDA’s CopyCatch program was developed at around the same time and thanks to advancement in technology, it is possible to link the two programs’ databases for plagiarism checks.  This academic collaboration is a good example of how databases can be linked for better use, Prof. Prasit concluded.