The Crossref Curriculum

Setting up your iThenticate account

This section is for Similarity Check account administrators only. It explains how administrators need to set up the iThenticate account for their organizations before starting to add other users. It walks administrators through the parts of iThenticate that only account administrators can see, so if you aren’t an account administrator, you can ignore this section and skip to using your iThenticate account.

Not sure if you’re an account administrator? When you receive your email with your login details for iThenticate, log in and check if you can see the Manage Users tab. You can only see this tab if you’re an account administrator.

Admins tabs view

If you can’t see this tab, you’re not an account administrator, and you can skip ahead to using your iThenticate account for information on how to actually use the service to check your manuscripts.

Similarity Check administrator checklist - questions to answer before you begin

As a Similarity Check service user, your organization gets reduced-rate access to the iThenticate tool from Turnitin. You and your team are able to upload your manuscript submissions and receive a Similarity Report which shows areas of overlap between the manuscript and other published works.

As an administrator, you create and manage the users on your account, and you decide how your organization uses the iThenticate tool. You’ll find the system easier to use if you set it up correctly to start with. Do consider the following questions carefully and set up your account accordingly before inviting any users to your account:

  1. How do you want to manage users?
  2. How will you use the folders in iThenticate?
  3. How will you use the exclusions functionality?
  4. Which iThenticate repositories will you want to check your manuscripts against?
  5. How will you budget for your document checking fees?

1. How do you want to manage users?

You can set up users individually, or put them into groups and manage their settings at group level.

  • How many users do you need to set up?
  • Do you need them to have different permissions or access to different folders? Do you want users to be able to see each other’s folders?
  • Do you want to set up groups to manage the users?
  • Do you want to be the only account administrator, or do you want to add other administrators?

Learn more about how to manage users.

2. How will you use the folders in iThenticate?

If you set up different folders in iThenticate to manage the manuscripts you’re checking, you’ll be able to:

  • Assign different users or groups to each folder
  • Set up different exclusions on each folder
  • Choose which repositories to include in each folder
  • Report separately on different folders.

You may choose to set up different folders for different titles or years of publication, for example.

Learn more about how to manage folders.

3. How will you use the exclusions functionality?

Exclusions allow you to set iThenticate to ignore particular phrases, document sections, common words, and URLs, so that they are not flagged in your account’s Similarity Reports.

We recommend starting without any exclusions to avoid excluding anything important. Once your users are experienced enough to identify words and phrases that appear frequently but are not potentially problematic matches (and can therefore be ignored) in a Similarity Report, you can start carefully making use of this feature.

It’s important to set clear guidelines for your users so they understand the settings you have already applied, and can make skilful use of the options they can choose for themselves at report level.

4. Which iThenticate repositories will you want to check your manuscripts against?

iThenticate has a number of content repositories, grouped by the type of content they contain, including: Crossref, Crossref posted content, Internet, Publications, Your Indexed Documents.

You can choose which of iThenticate’s repositories you’re checking your manuscripts against. We recommend including them all to start with.

  • The person (whether an administrator or a user) who sets up a folder selects the repositories to check against for that folder. When the folder is shared, other users cannot adjust the repositories selected.

Learn more about choosing which repositories to search against.

5. How will you budget for your document checking fees?

There’s a charge for each document checked, and you’ll receive an invoice in January each year for the documents you’ve checked in the previous year. If you’re a member of Crossref through a sponsor, your Sponsoring Organization will receive this invoice.

As well as setting a Similarity Check document fees budget for your account each year, it’s useful to monitor document checking and see if you’re on track. You can monitor your usage in the reports section of the iThenticate platform. Ask yourself:

  • How many documents do you plan to check?
  • How often do you want to monitor usage? Set yourself a reminder to check your usage reports periodically.
  • How do you want to segment your report? You can report separately by groups of users, so think about what types of groups would make sense for your circumstances.

Learn more about how usage reports can help you monitor the number of documents checked on your account.

It’s a good idea to come back to these questions periodically, consider how your use of the tool is evolving, and make changes accordingly.

Help your users get started by setting up their accounts, managing their folders, uploading manuscripts, and interpreting Similarity Reports.

Last Updated: 2020 April 8 by Laura J. Wilkinson