Is a quotation considered as plagiarism ?

A quotation is rightly identified as a “similar” passage to a source.
A document containing an excessive number of quotations does not, of course, meet the educational objectives of a redactional work.

It is therefore perfectly legitimate that the quotations are checked, along with the rest of the document.
However, a certain amount of tolerance is applied to enable a document containing some “similar” passages to be considered an original work.

In addition, there is a function that allows the user to choose to leave certain sources or text passages out of the results.

Finally, please remember that COMPILATIO.NET does not judge the quality of a document: it merely objectively tells you the percentage of similarity.

Are documents filed in COMPILATIO.NET accessible to other users?

No, a document is only accessible to the user who filed it, never to another user.

However, all the documents of an establishment can be compared with each other during the analysis, upon request.
They can even be compared with all documents in the Compilatio database.

But even in these cases, the confidentiality of the original document is preserved : a user never has access to a document that has not been uploaded into his account.

Are the analysis results reliable?

Many tests have shown that the results of an analysis are completely reliable and very detailed.
Keep in mind that an analysis is carried out on a given date.
It is therefore possible that the results could change over time: some documents are put online, others are taken offline…
Hence, you can perform a new analysis of a document to compare it with the new sources that have been made available.


Is it possible to get round to obtain a better plagiarism score?

Yes, the best way to get round is to write the document that will be submitted in a personal way.

Regarding the results of the analysis, what are the differences between Magister and Studium?

Magister by provides the following results:

  • global similarity percentage
  • passages from the document that were found identically
  • the sources that reappear in the document

Studium by provides the following information:

  • global similarity percentage
  • the sources that reappear in the document

Consequently, Studium does not provide the passages from the document that were found identically – and this to prevent dodging the Magister tool.

Which languages are available?

The tool is available in several languages: French, Italian, Spanish, German and English. The similarity analysis can be carried out in more than 40 languages (including all the Latin languages).

Unfortunately, some languages are not available yet: Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, the Cyrillic alphabet…

When my computer is offline, is Compilatio still performing the analysis of my documents?

Yes, the analysis of the documents you uploaded are carried out even if your computer is offline.

Since the Compilatio tool works online, the service is available permanently.


Do I need a material or software installation so that Compilatio works on my computer?
  • No, the services do not require any installation on your computer – only a valid email address is necessary.
As a teacher, what are the advantages of using
  • Saving time in identifying all the possible sources of plagiarism
  • Comparing documents from the same class, or the classes from the previous years
  • Geting an objective and impartial evaluation of the originality of the document


Which main document formats are accepted?

COMPILATIO.NET works with almost all the formats used in office equipment and on the Internet.

Among others, the following formats are accepted (general list):

  • Office equipment formats:
    • Text “.txt”
    • Adobe Acrobat “.pdf”
    • Rich Text Format “.rtf”
    • Word processing “.doc”, “.docx”, “.odt”
    • Spreadsheet “.xls”, “.xlsx”
    • Slideshows “.ppt”, “.pptx”


  • Internet formats:
    • “.html” files
    • “.php” files
    • “.asp” files

A reminder of the list of accepted formats is also shown when you load your documents.


How easy is it to analyse a document of 30 to 50 pages or more ?

The analysis of a large document is carried out in exactly the same way as a small document.

Furthermore, the notion of size in Compilatio does not depend upon the number of pages, or the file size in Kb, but upon the amount of text to be processed.
Upon analysing your document, Compilatio tells you the amount of credits that will be consumed.


Is the source search performed on a large number of documents available on the Internet?

Yes! In order to provide you with as many results as possible, carries out a complex process to search sources.

On top of its own databases, the software functions like a meta-motor: it interrogates various search tools and centralises the results that were obtained.

To find a source, uses the same path as the one used by the author of the analysed document… If the author was able to find the document, Compilatio will find it too!

What can be considered as plagiarism?

COMPILATIO.NET detects similar passages between :

  • the analysed document ;
  • all available sources on the Internet ;
  • the documents analysed in the past.

The amount of “similar” passages in a text will allow the user to assess whether the document is plagiarised or not.