What is an acceptable percentage of plagiarism?

Your work should not contain any plagiarism. Even if your score is 1%, you will need to review each similarity and decide whether it’s necessary to revise your work.

But contrary to popular belief, plagiarism checkers work by detecting similarities, not plagiarism. Not all similarities are plagiarism. Similarities can be:

  • Properly cited quotes
  • In-text citations or your reference list entries
  • Commonly used phrases

    What should I do with a found similarity?