Global Innovation Awards 2016: Honorable Mention

Category: Writing Improvement | Europe

Lucas Naves

Lucas Naves

Postgraduate Student: Universidade do Minho, Portugal

“We cannot misuse information when doing a scientific project. The more you use [Turnitin], the more you challenge yourself.”

Lucas, working on his Ph.D., recently moved to further his research at the National University of Singapore, which partners with Universidade do Minho, his home university in Portugal. He first used Turnitin’s software after having an academic paper rejected by a journal for unintentional plagiarism. The journal used Turnitin iThenticate to check submissions for authenticity. Lucas said it affected his self-esteem, but that he learned from the incident. When he found out that Turnitin was available through his university, Lucas was eager to start using it.

Now he checks his own work before submitting it for peer review or to a journal, which he says has boosted his confidence as a researcher. He says Ph.D. candidates have to take great care to preserve the integrity of their work:

“We cannot misuse information when doing a scientific project,” he says, explaining why he likes Turnitin’s service. “The more you use it, the more you challenge yourself.”

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