What is an acceptable similarity index score?
Similarity scores from 1-5% for any one paper may be considered acceptable (assuming no outright copying/verbatim text). However, if the entire paper is a string of these similarities, it is a reason for concern. This will often be observed in the introduction, methods, and, sometimes, discussion sections.
What do the Colours mean on Turnitin?
The color of the report icon indicates the similarity score of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. Green: One word to 24% matching text. Yellow: 25-49% matching text. Orange: 50-74% matching text. Red: 75-100% matching text.
What does 15 similarity mean on Turnitin?
Your similarity score shows you what percentage of your text is found within sources in the comparison database. For example, if your score is 15%, then 15% of the content you wrote is unoriginal, as it matches text in the database.
What is a high similarity index?
A high Similarity Index could be due to: the student having quoted many other works to a significant extent; a long bibliography/reference list in that the paper; many common phrases in a particular field which cannot be avoided; and/or. other legitimate reasons.