The red color indicates that your article is substantially plagiarized and should not be submitted. If the colored square on your Turnitin Originality Report is yellow, it signifies that 25–49% of your work or assignment matches something in the Turnitin database or online archives. You should review the turned in material to ensure that none of its content is missing.
If you see a large number in the yellow range on your report, we recommend that you contact us immediately by email at [email protected] A staff member will help you identify what needs to be done before you can submit another copy.
Color-coded Turnitin Icons
The color of the report symbol represents the paper's similarity score, which is based on the quantity of matching or similar text discovered. Green: Out of 24 percent of the text, there is only one matching term. Yellow: text matching of 25–49%. Orange text matches 50-74 percent of the time. Red indicates a text match at 75–100%.
When you check out the Turnitin site, you can also search for other students' work to see how they have marked up their manuscripts.
Paper flags are used by peer reviewers to indicate specific problems in an article that need to be addressed before it can be accepted for publication. These issues may include errors in data analysis, flawed methods, insufficient explanation of results, and so forth. The editor will usually list these problems (or deficiencies) in a form called a "critique" section at the end of the paper. Each problem should have its own number, and each point should be listed with its corresponding citation.
Peer review is very important in science because it ensures that only high-quality work makes it into print. Without peer review, journals would contain only papers that were quickly replicated or developed after the fact. By having others examine your work prior to publication, you can identify any flaws that might otherwise go unnoticed.
In addition to paper flags, editors may also send out letters alerting authors to specific problems with their articles.
Yellow text matches 25–49% of the time. Red text matches 75–100% of the time.
Turnitin's software compares the original content against previously submitted assignments to find instances where multiple copies of a single document are submitted. When this occurs, several different versions of the same essay appear in your list of results. The more copies that match, the higher the score for that result. Essays with high scores are eligible for free rewrites.
If you see "yellow turnitin" in place of your student ID number, that means that some other user has already identified documents that share a high level of text content with an assignment that you submitted. These overlapping documents will sometimes be found by Turnitin's software as duplicates. When this happens, they will appear in your list of potential results with "yellow turnitin" next to their names. You will also often see "red turnitin" in place of your ID number; this means that another user has identified documents that contain almost identical content to an assignment that you submitted. These identically worded essays will usually get a high score when turned in by different users and would therefore be eligible for free revisions.
Green represents matches between 1% and 24% of the time and is the most common. While a "green" score may signal that the document is fine, it is only an indicator of the quantity of matched text, which means that up to 24 percent of the page might have been copied without reference. Therefore, articles with high percentages of green text should be treated with caution when using Turnitin as a proxy for originality.