Automated software enables users to ensure the highest standards of quality and image integrity in scientific publications
Protect your scientific reputation from image integrity issues
With over 2.5 million scientific manuscripts published each year(1), over ~35,000 articles (from 2009 to 2016) are at risk of retraction post-publication due to image duplication, image manipulation, or visual plagiarism(2).
In fact, the percentage of manuscripts flagged up for image-related problems ranges from 20 to 35 percent(3). This means there are hundreds of thousands of papers published with image issues in a year! Each mistake can have harmful results to the trust in all parties involved, even if it will be subject to post-publication correction.
The damage caused by a post-publication retraction - including investigations and legal costs - is estimated at over $1 million per single article(4)!
(1) The STM Report, Fourth Edition March 2015.
(2) Bik EM, et all., Analysis and correction of inappropriate image duplication: the Molecular and Cellular Biology Experience. Mol Cell Bio. 2018; 38 (20).
(3) Jana Christopher, https://ukrio.org/research-integrity-resources/expert-interviews/jana-christopher-image-integrity-analyst/
(4) Arthur M. Michalek et al., The Costs and Underappreciated Consequences of Research Misconduct: A Case Study, PLoS Med. 2010; 7(8)
Proofig analyses papers in minutes
Checking images manually is time-consuming and not accurate enough. Proofig’s SaaS platform allows customers to easily upload documents for analysis and issue detection, checking a paper and issuing a full report in minutes.
Anyone in research, such as authors, editors, publishers, grant committees, ethics committees, can use the system for automated review processes, completing image integrity checks rapidly and efficiently.
The benefits of image integrity software
Automating the image review process enables users to check images prior to peer review and publication. This ensures that all research is credible and protects the reputations of all parties involved.
Proactively checking image integrity also reduces the risk of costly investigations and retractions after publication. Investing in Proofig enables the scientific community to save millions that they can then invest in further research.
The 3 Stages Of Proofig
Upload your PDF
file to Proofig’s
private and secured servers.
Review to ensure all
subimages are selected.
Review suspected issues
generate a report
Using AI to automatically select all relevant subimages.
Using deep technology to compare
all subimages to all other subimages
and warn of suspected issues.
Proofig is Trusted by Leading Publishers, Research Institutes, and Researchers
Proofig is a technology platform developed by scientists, for scientists. We understand the immense amount of work that goes into each research paper, as well as the irreparable damage to that work and to publications’ reputations from costly human errors and inadequate editorial review processes.
Hear what renowned editors & scientists are saying about Proofig
"Significant damage is caused by image duplication even when they are innocent mistakes. Therefore, I'm happy to provide my department with the peace of mind that comes with knowing our manuscripts' images have been properly verified pre-publication using Proofig, and only manuscripts with no mistakes will follow for publication".
Professor Ofer Mandelboim
Head of the Department of Immunology and Cancer Research
Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, Israel