If you notice more positive discussion of plagiarism-detection software at next year’s meeting, in San Francisco, it might be because Turnitin.com is hoping to pay for some instructors to go there. The company sent out an e-mail message this week to professors at colleges that use the popular service, telling them that if they apply to be on a panel at the conference to talk about plagiarism-detection services, the company will consider paying for them to go. The company also asked that instructors send it copies of their proposed papers — but the company didn’t inform the 4C’s (as the association is known), which will be judging proposed topics.
Officials of Turnitin.com said that they were just trying to counter what happens at some meetings where you “just hear the negative,” in the words of Katie Povejsil, vice president of marketing for iParadigms, the company that owns Turnitin.com.
What’s interesting is that Turnitin has discredited any positive review or consideration of their software. But maybe that’s their intent.