Author Metrics: PlagScan’s new Ghostwriting Detection Solution


PlagScan, the renowned safeguarder of Academic Integrity, presents the latest addition to the plagiarism prevention portfolio. Author Metrics, our new feature, is an extension of our established services and represents a turning point in educational technology’s ability to ensure originality and honesty at schools and universities.

With PlagScan’s plagiarism checker, you can check whether a text from another author has been copied from another author or improperly cited. But what if a document passes the plagiarism check and upon reading there is still concern that someone else was involved who instead wrote a paper for student? Until now, educators did not have a way to check to determine whether a ghostwriter was involved. Now, PlagScan has developed a solution called Author Metrics which can help you find out.

What is Author Metrics?

Author Metrics provides a solution to the author verification problem in Stylometry. According to the Oxford Dictionary, stylometry is: “the statistical analysis of variations in literary writing style in comparison between different authors or genres.” Author verification is the process of confirming that an individual who has submitted a written project is in fact the author of that project. In order to create a solution to this problem, PlagScan developed Author Metrics –a system which uses features of natural language and machine learning techniques to identify writing style patterns.

How does Author Metrics work?

Author Metrics enables instructors to explore specific properties of writing style, such as reading level and formality, in detail. This information can be used by instructors and pupils to work together to development their own writing style.

This product enables:

  • Peer Group Cross-Check:
    All submissions for a specific assignment by a group of students can be compared. The peer group cross-check provides insights into overall classroom performance.
  • Individual Analysis:
    Different assignment submissions by an individual student are compared to confirm there are no anomalies in a student’s work which would indicate ghost writing.

By tracking and analyzing writing style, educators can work together with students to further develop academic strengths, improve upon weaknesses, and prevent plagiarism .

Watch our video tutorial on how it works here.


If you are curious and would like to understand more about what these fascinating-sounding metrics mean, you can visit our Author Metrics page

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