Detection Systems for Text-Based Plagiarism

Developments, Principles, Challenges, and the Aftermath


  • Wilfried Decoo Brigham Young University
  • Jozef Colpaert University of Antwerp



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The growing attention given to plagiarism in the Internet Age has triggered the development and marketing of scores of antiplagiarism services and devices. This article deals only with text-based plagiarism. We first mention some of the current developments in plagiarism detection systems. Next we briefly describe principles and challenges of such systems. Finally, we outline what can happen after a system reports possible plagiarism.

Author Biographies

Wilfried Decoo, Brigham Young University

Wilfried Decoo, who holds a PhD from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the Belgian Interuniversity Commission, is Professor of French and of applied linguistics at Brigham Young University (USA) and at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is the author of language learning textbooks and articles on language pedagogy, including Crisis on Campus: Confronting Academic Misconduct (MIT Press, 2002) and Systemization in Foreign Language Teaching: Monitoring Content Progression (Routledge, 2010).

Jozef Colpaert, University of Antwerp

Jozef Colpaert, who holds a PhD from the University of Antwerp, is Associate Professor of e-learning and educational engineering at the University of Antwerp and Director of Research and Development at Linguapolis, the Institute for Language and Communication. He is editor-in-chief of the journal, Computer Assisted Language Learning, and his publications focus on educational engineering as research and goal-oriented design of learning environments.


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How to Cite

Decoo, W., & Colpaert, J. (2010). Detection Systems for Text-Based Plagiarism: Developments, Principles, Challenges, and the Aftermath. Writing and Pedagogy, 2(2), 311–320.



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