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Turnitin announces new MOU and partnership with Kyorinsha Co. Ltd.

Turnitin will work with Kyorinsha to protect the integrity of their customers’ publications and will offer Japanese authors and editors access to Turnitin’s market-leading originality checking solution

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Turnitin has entered into a new partnership with Kyorinsha Co. Ltd. As a leading publishing services company in Japan, as well as a Japanese distributor of ScholarOne Manuscripts, a premier journal peer review tool, Kyorinsha manages the content and metadata for more than 150 English and Japanese language academic journals, published by some of the most prestigious research societies in the country.

By signing this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Turnitin and Kyorinsha agree to protect the intellectual property of Kyorinsha’s customers’ publications while also offering them access to Turnitin’ s iThenticate service. Access to iThenticate allows editors to check their content prior to publication, ultimately protecting the integrity and ensuring the originality of scholarly publications.

Kyorinsha and Turnitin will work together to raise awareness of issues affecting international publication ethics, research integrity, and plagiarism. The signing of the MOU allows Kyorinsha to actively promote the partnership with Turnitin, and the need for journals to carry out appropriate checks to ensure the originality of their content prior to publication.

“As a local partner of Clarivate Analytics [formerly part of ThomsonReuters], supporting their ScholarOne Manuscripts service, Kyorinsha was a logical partner for Turnitin; given its track record of successfully offering international services to local journals, and the fact that ScholarOne has an existing integration with iThenticate, there is clear synergy,” says James Thorley, Sales Director for Asia Pacific at Turnitin.

Thorley continues: “A partnership with Kyorinsha ultimately helps to strengthen editorial standards in Japan. iThenticate uses the most comprehensive content database on the market, and so gives absolute confidence when protecting one's intellectual property or reputation of a publication. Together we can help make Japanese journals and research societies aware of the importance of ensuring originality before publication and to understand the benefits of using iThenticate in their own editorial processes.”

"We are very excited about the partnership with Turnitin," says Kazumasa Watanabe, President of Kyorinsha Co. Ltd.

Watanabe continues: "The STM [scientific, technical, and medical] research communities in Japan show a keen interest in addressing plagiarism and misconduct issues. The integration between Turnitin's iThenticate and ScholarOne Manuscripts provides our customers with a solution to carry out plagiarism checking within the peer review workflow."

About iThenticate

iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of 60 billion web pages and 170 million content items, including 57 million published works from over 1,300 scholarly publisher participants of Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate, a service offered by Crossref® and powered by iThenticate software. iThenticate is developed by Turnitin, the leader in plagiarism and originality checking for educational institutions worldwide. Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Seoul, South Korea, and Melbourne, Australia.

About Kyorinsha Co. Ltd.

Kyorinsha is a leading service provider in Japan that helps 150 key associations and societies publish research papers and abstracts in cross-media formats including paper and online. It covers broad service areas ranging from editorial support, production and printing of research journals, proceedings, newsletters and other publications, to technical consultation, production and management of online journals and development of research databases and software. More information can be found at (Japanese only)

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About Turnitin

Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and meaningfully improving learning outcomes. For more than 25 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all subject areas and assessment types. Turnitin products are used by educational institutions and certification and licensing programs to uphold integrity and increase learning performance, and by students and professionals to do their best, original work.

Turnitin has offices in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Over 21,000 customers in 185 countries use Turnitin services: Gradescope by Turnitin, iThenticate, Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity, ExamSoft by Turnitin, ProctorExam and Ouriginal.