Checking @ScienceDaily for originality

As a JAYFK guest editor implied last week, @ScienceDaily suffers from churnalism (i.e. a recycled press release).  For the hell of it, I decided to run a @ScienceDaily article through plagiarism software to see if the press release in question would be flagged.

Our @ScienceDaily article selected was Overeating may double risk of memory loss.  This article was selected because @stevekass pointed out that though this overeating-impacts-memory research hasn’t been peer reviewed, it has big PR.  Plus, this not-in-any-journal research is speading across popular media like a rash (hereherehere and here).

This @ScienceDaily article was run through Turnitin® OriginalityCheck and….

Screen capture of the Turnitin® OriginalityCheck™ report.

The top 4 ‘Match Overview’ links are provided below:

  1. Overeating may double odds of memory loss in elderly (from @CBSNews)
  2. Can Exercising Your Brain Prevent Memory Loss? (from @NewsRx)
  3.  Overeating may double risk of memory loss (from @medical_xpress)
  4. Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Dementia In Diabetics Differs From Dementia In Non-Diabetics (from @AD_Research)

Is this @ScienceDaily article an example of churnalism?  The press release in question (from the American Academy of Neurology) was not flagged in the ‘Match Overview’.  Is that because @ScienceDaily did not copy-and-paste parts of the press release in question, or because the American Academy of Neurology sites aren’t part of the Turnitin® OriginalityCheck content comparison database?  Check out the opening paragraph to the press release in question

New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older. The study was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012. MCI is the stage between normal memory loss that comes with aging and early Alzheimer’s disease.

Check out the opening of the @ScienceDaily article…

New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older. The study was just released and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012. MCI is the stage between normal memory loss that comes with aging and early Alzheimer’s disease.

Our @ScienceDaily article looks pretty damn similar to the press release in question.  Speaking of similar, Turnitin® OriginalityCheck flagged this @CBSNews article as  a little to-close-for-comfort to our @ScienceDaily article.  For the hell of it, I ran the press release in question through Turnitin® OriginalityCheck.

Screen capture of the Turnitin® OriginalityCheck™ report.

The top 4 ‘Match Overview’ links are provided below:

  1. Overeating may double odds of memory loss in elderly (from @CBSNews)
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease May Protect Against Cancer and Vice Versa (from @newswise)
  3. Sugar: Just how bad is it? (from @medical_xpress)
  4. Can exercising your brain prevent memory loss? (from EurekaAlert!)

Once again, that @CBSNews article is ‘Match Overview’ hit #1.  Somewhat surprisingly, our @ScienceDaily article did not get flagged.  Is this because @ScienceDaily isn’t part of the Turnitin® OriginalityCheck content comparison database?  Yikes.  I’ll have to check with @turnitin about that!

What the hell does my for-the-hell-of-it originality check mean?  There are some pretty damn similar articles and press releases out there.  Beyond that?  Hell if I know.

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@DrRubidium
Editor-in-Commandant

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