Why would I need the paraphrasing service?

There are a range of reasons why an author may require a paraphrasing service. Typically, the publisher, institution or journal to which the paper will be submitted stipulates a maximum acceptable limit of similarity (X%), above which the submission will be rejected. Therefore, it is essential for the author to ensure that prior to submission, this maximum plagiarism level has not been surpassed.

How does the paraphrasing service work?

First, the author submits the text as a .pdf or .docx document, indicating the maximum percentage of similarity allowed by the publisher, institution or journal to which the paper will be submitted. Typically this will range from between 1% and 15%. Next, the editor will take the text and generate a report through the WriteCheck site, which employs the same technology as Turnitin to analyse your document and identify text strings that match previously published work. The plagiarism checker highlights the text that matches strings in its database and produces a .pdf report with the highlighted text and a final similarity score. Then, the fee is calculated and the client informed. After the author agrees the fee, the highlighted text is paraphrased and the document is re-submitted to evaluate the new level of similarity and ensure that the required similarity score or lower has been achieved.

WriteCheck searches and compares papers against a database of 60+ billion current and archived web pages, 600+ million student papers and 155+ million periodicals and scholarly publications.

Example of similarity reduction for a journal article submission

Before paraphrasing

After paraphrasing

The fee structure

The fee is based on £80 per 1,000 words paraphrased + £10 for each 1-5,000 word WriteCheck report. For example, if you have a 3,500 word paper that has 20% similarity and you wish this to be reduced to 10% similarity, then 350 words will need to be paraphrased + a 10% allowance for surrounding words that are inevitably included = a fee of £40.80 (£30.80 for the paraphrased text and £10 for the similarity report). Note that if the document requires extensive paraphrasing then a second WriteCheck report may be required as the system will essentially view the paraphrased document as a different paper.

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Will my paper be added to the Turnitin database?

No, your text will not be added to the Turnitin database, nor any other database. Your paper or text will be deleted from the WriteCheck system, and only stored temporarily on our password protected and encrypted server.

How long will the process take?

The process duration depends upon the word count, but in most cases completion will be within 2-4 days.

How far can my similarity score be reduced?

Zero percent (0%) is occasionally possibly, but only in edge cases. Final similarity scores of between 1% and 4% are achievable, and are typically well within the parameters of acceptability.