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This collection presents original research that sheds light on emerging issues and challenges for academic integrity. The diversity of contexts studied here aims at raising questions and showcasing findings from different perspectives.
Paraphrasing tools, translation software and 'article spinners' are text-processing applications easily found via the Internet. 'Spun' text misleads people into thinking that these tools create a new form of original writing. This thematic series will explore the use of automated text processing as an emerging threat to academic integrity.
The recent explosion in contract cheating has given the international community of academic integrity scholars pause for thought. ‘Contract cheating’ is not the same as the less sinister and more widely accepted practice of ‘ghostwriting’ and has ramifications for individuals’ learning outcomes, institutional reputations, educational standards/credibility, professional practice and public safety, particularly if it is somehow normalised as an acceptable way for academic work to be accomplished.
The thematic series offers the opportunity for this emerging threat to academic integrity to be explored in-depth, and from multiple perspectives, so that meaningful responses and solutions can be instigated.
Collection published: 8 August 2017
Featured Collection: The rise of contract cheating in higher education - Academic fraud beyond plagiarism
Contract cheating occurs when students employ or use a third party to undertake their assessed work for them. Educators and researchers agree that contract cheating is qualitatively different than plagiarism, collusion, or the other relatively minor breaches, and so requires an entirely different approach. A new themed collection offers the opportunity for this emerging threat to academic integrity to be explored in-depth, and from multiple perspectives, so that meaningful responses and solutions can be instigated. The collection has started publishing, check out for new upcoming articles!
The International Day of Action against Contract Cheating is an opportunity to speak up and out against the practice of having academic work done through third parties and then get academic credit for that. Students, universities and groups around the world follow the initiative to raise awareness around this growing threat to higher education. Check out what happens in the social media with the hashtags #defeatthecheat and #excelwithintegrity!
Retraction Watch interviewed Cath Ellis at UNSW Sydney, first author of a recent analysis in the journal about the extent of the problem of custom writing sites, and what troubles her most about these services.
Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism? Look how Times Higher Education, Retraction Watch and Inside Higher Ed picked up this paper.
Are Essay Mills committing fraud? An analysis of their behaviours vs the 2006 Fraud Act (UK). Mentioned in The Guardian, The Telegraph and the LSE Impact Blog, and also on BBC Radio 4, iNews, The Wave, and South Wales Evening Post.
Exploring the potential of authentic assessment to minimise contract cheating
Students utilising online cheat sites to complete assignments has been identified as a significant problem for institutions. Although ‘authenticity’ has long been recognised as a core feature of good assessment practice, its role in nurturing academic integrity has not yet been adequately explored. Conducted over two years (2016 – 2018), this research project, led by the University of South Australia with other partners, will determine if and how authentic assessment may be used to assure academic integrity. Learn more about this project and keep up with updates and outcomes.
A MOOC on Academic Integrity
A free online course on Academic Integrity has just gone live. The course is created by the University of Auckland and is hosted on the Future Learn platform (Educator: Jason Stephens, University of Auckland, NZ). The course will explore academic integrity and how it can be demonstrated in work, study and research at university. Learn more
The archival content of the International Journal for Educational Integrity can be located here.
IJEI is indexed by ESCI and SCOPUS
International Journal for Educational Integrity has been accepted by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and is indexed by SCOPUS.
Calls for papers
The IJEI welcomes innovative research in the area of academic and educational integrity from a variety of perspectives and contexts, and is currently calling for papers for the following thematic series.
Educational Integrity in Canada
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2019
Academic integrity in Indonesia: Building on 20 years of progress
Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2019
Machine-based plagiarism: The death of originality in the digital age?
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2019
The IJEI is in the Web of Science's Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
The International Journal for Educational Integrity (IJEI), as a scholarly outlet selected and reviewed in ESCI, has been identified as important to key opinion leaders, funders, and evaluators worldwide. ESCI allows researchers to discover new areas of research in evolving disciplines, as well as relevant interdisciplinary scholarly content across rapidly changing research fields. All articles published in this journal are discoverable via the Web of Science with full citation counts, author information and other enrichment.
"The International Journal for Educational Integrity, now in its 13th year as an open access online journal, is well placed to lead the field in responding to emerging threats to academic integrity. In particular, concerns about contract cheating and ghostwriters have made international headlines. Schools and higher education providers need to collaborate with quality assurance, regulatory and funding bodies, to address this global issue. Authors are encouraged to use the IJEI to publish innovative research that identifies the contexts and causes of contract cheating, and provides evidence-based solutions. I look forward to receiving your submissions.” Tracey Bretag, DEd
We are delighted to announce that International Journal for Educational Integrity is now part of the BMC family of journals. The BMC website already receives over 100 million views per year and has expanded beyond biomedicine into a broader area of inquiry to offer a wider portfolio of subject fields on a single platform for authors considering open access publishing. Bookmark our new URL and make sure to sign up to our article alerts so you can keep up with all of the latest research and articles and read more about BMC’s pioneering spirit.
Tracey Bretag, recently appointed member of the Committee on Publication Ethics Council (COPE), explains in this podcast what educational integrity is and why it has direct consequences on society.
Did you know that there are almost 200 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide? Many funding bodies require that research publications resulting from their grants are made freely available to all. By publishing your research with us you fully comply with open access mandates, and the publishing costs may be entirely covered by the research grant. This means that you won’t have to pay any publishing fee and you retain the copyright. Check here how to discover and apply for APC funding.
Annual Journal Metrics
56 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
38 days to first decision for all manuscripts
105 days from submission to acceptance
36 days from acceptance to publication
99 Altmetric mentions
2.22 - CiteScore
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Reference readingHandbook of Academic Integrity
- ISSN: 1833-2595 (electronic)