PlagScan Review | TechRadar
PlagScan is a plagiarism checker developed around the educational institute. While there is a plethora of tools available both individually and commercially, PlagScan has remained a competitor on both price and accuracy. However, compared to some other top competitors, PlagScan has some disadvantages.
First, it can be a bit slow compared to programs like Copysentry and Plagium. Second, the features are somewhat limited.
plans and prices
To start with, PlagScan offers a free trial to try it out without purchasing it. For students and individual users, PlagScan provides the first 2,000 words free of charge. In addition, there are options for personal and business use.
Note that these options are prepaid options. The first choice is a 6,000-word, 24-page option. This option costs $1 per 1,000 words and costs $6. The second choice is 17,500 words, 70 pages, and costs about $0.74 per 1,000 words, for a total of $13. Fourth, there is a 40,000-word, 160-page option. This option works out at about $0.63 per 1,000 words and works out at around $25. Finally, the 100,000 word, 400 page option costs about $0.50 per 1,000 words and about $50 total.
The business options differ from the private options in that they are not based on words, but on pages. There are three levels; Lite, Professional and Enterprise. Lite offers a URL checker, plagiarism checker and email support. Professional Adds for API access and full reports. Enterprise adds even more with Private Repository and Premium Support.
To get into business pricing, Lite costs $18 per month for 200 pages averaging 250 words per page. To continue, Professional is around $20 per month and Enterprise is another $3 for $23 per month. At 3200 pages, Lite is $255 per month, Professional is $286 per month, and Enterprise is $330 per month. The integrated price tool reaches a maximum of 102,400 pages with an average of 25,600,000 words per month. Lite for this size costs $7,140 per month, Professional $7,930 per month and Enterprise $9,120 per month.
interface and in use
All in all, PlagScan’s user interface is relatively simple. In side-by-side mode, you can compare your originally uploaded document with possible matches.
You can also view in standard view, which shows the main document in the middle, the header at the top with “plag level” information, and a sidebar with sources. A handful of different colors are overlaid on your original document to easily show where plagiarism may have occurred. Red text is an exact match to a source, blue may be paraphrased or rephrased, and green is text marked as a citation.
There are some support options for PlagScan users to gather more information. There are tutorial videos to help explain how to use the product, step-by-step guides, and manuals that explain how to operate the program.
In addition, there is a robust FAQ section, documentation for API and LMS integration, and the reseller partner program. Finally, there is a contact page where you can submit a form to the team or even call them to ask questions. They were even kind enough to provide their address for their headquarters in Germany.
All in all, PlagScan is a pretty robust anti-plagiarism program. While some other programs may have some autonomous features, no program should rely solely on plagiarism detection. PlagScan itself says in its training and support videos that the only true way to tell if it’s plagiarism is through human interaction. However, as a violator deterrent tool, PlagScan is definitely a smart tool to consider adding to your arsenal.