4 New Features for the PlagScan Report

We strive to improve our report everyday: That’s why we are excited to introduce you to 4 new features, which improve your plagiarism report significantly.

Feature 1: You only have an access view of a shared report and want to edit it? Now it is possible.

In a blog post earlier this year, we showed you how to share your report with someone else, granting others access to either view or edit your report. What if you only have viewing rights to your students’ or colleagues’ reports but would like to edit it? Now you can make these edits regardless. When you view the reports, just click on the button You only have view access, on the blue bar directly below the PlagLevel (see below) and request editing access.

Feature 1 Report

Then you can request the owner permission to edit the report. (see below)

Report Feature 1b


Feature 2: Source Bar – Highlight Matches

On the source bar next to your report, you can see a button Highlight matches in sources. If you click on the arrow next to it, a different option appears to quickly edit your report or further the analysis.


Feature 2 Highlight Matches


  1. Show matches from this source only: When you click on this button, all the other sources are not selected anymore and your report highlights only the matches from this one source.
  2. Remove matches including duplicates: With this button, you have the possibility to remove all the matches within the text with its duplicates
  3. Change matches to quotations: If you consider the matches as quotations, you can click on this button. The highlights change from red to green for quotations. The green text indicates a quotation, the blue text means that the text is possibly altered. The red texts stand for exact matches with your source (see at the bottom of the source bar).
  4. Add matches to the white list: If you want to exclude common sources like Wikipedia and all its duplicates because you think it is not relevant to your analysis, you can add the link directly to the whitelist. If you want to know more about it, please read our blog post.


Feature 3: Hidden letters in student works: A new form of plagiarism?

Maybe you’ve heard people saying, “When technology is intelligent enough to catch incorrect behaviors, it develops new loopholes”.
In order to cheat a plagiarism software, one has to put a random letter/number, colored in white, instead of the spaces between words. For the human eye, this is difficult to catch (see example below):

Feature 4 Hidden letters


The software’s algorithm would be deceived and not able to identify the words but recognize the entire text as one big word. Therefore, the system would not be able to find matches and its sources – until now. We’ve programmed our algorithm to identify this sneaky technique and to recognize the hidden letters.


Feature 4: Exclude assignment questions from plagiarism matching

If you are a teacher, who wants to submit an assignment , your students might copy and paste your assignment questions into their papers. In the past, the software would identify these parts as plagiarism and the resulting reports would indicate an higher PlagLevel. Here is an example:


Example of assignment given to students
Feature 4 Test Geology


Report before the changes
Feature 8 Changes

This is how you can resolve this problem:

  1. Go to Settings > Plagiarism Checking > Check against my document.
  2. In the same menu, choose reduce PlagLevel on citation detection.
  3. Put The URL of your document on the Whitelist – URL +. You will find the Whitelist – URL + on the Menu Settings (top right corner) / Plagiarism Checking (menu on the left side). If you do not know what a Whitelist – URL + list, you can read our blog post on it: If you want to exclude some websites domain from the plagiarism check, you can use the Whitelist – URL +. On the contrary, if you want to exclude a link or only a page and not an entire domain, you can add the link in the Whitelist URL.

Feature 8 White list


Here you can see the result of the changes:

Feature 9 Result

Go ahead and test these new improvements. Do you have comments? Please enter them below.


About Christelle Delaleuf

Christelle writes about plagiarism, education or new events about PlagScan. She is from France has been living in Germany for 10 years and traveled in different places like Canada or Austria before settling down. Advocate for fair education, she lends her pen in order to help students and teachers to develop creative writing and critical thinking.

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  • ken lyons

    It would be VERY helpful if there were a way for organizations to make their docs accessible to other specific users. We often see overlaps because our students submit their projects to other local competitions, and the overlaps are then to private docs that we can’t view. This causes unnecessary confusion. If we could give access to those orgs and vice versa, it would help a lot.

    A related improvement which might be possible would be to allow a submission to specify the authors, and then identify the matches to docs by the SAME AUTHORS, even if the docs remain private themselves.