Plagius – Interpreting Results

Plagius is a useful tool for detecting plagiarism, but it should be used in conjunction with manual review. The results of an automated system such as Plagius cannot confirm plagiarism on their own.

When interpreting the results, it’s important to pay attention to clusters of highlighted phrases in close proximity, as these may indicate plagiarism. Isolated highlighted phrases are less likely to be plagiarized.

Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that quotes should be ignored when evaluating the results.

If plagiarism is suspected, the highlighted section should be compared to the original source for confirmation.


The percentage reported by Plagius is simply a statistical indicator of the number of sentences in the document that have been found on other websites. It should not be considered as a definitive measure of plagiarism, as the presence of a phrase on the internet does not necessarily indicate plagiarism.

For example, citations can artificially inflate the percentage of suspected plagiarism, even if they are properly referenced. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that the percentage of suspected plagiarism reported by Plagius should be used as a starting point for further investigation, rather than as a definitive conclusion. Additionally, it’s important to manually verify the text in question to ensure proper citation or to confirm if it is plagiarism.


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