Proofig for Authors and Researchers

The benefits of automated image integrity detection software for scientific writing

What is Proofig?

Proofig is an automated software we've developed that uses cutting-edge AI and computer vision for automatic identification of scientific image issues pre- publication. Proofig can detect full duplications (include scaling or rotating), partial duplication or overlapping, alongside flipped images, rotations, cloning – and any of these issues combined, as well as paper mills.

Why is image integrity a problem?

While most researchers understand the importance of image integrity, such issues are prevalent in publishing. Around a third of life sciences manuscripts are flagged for image related issues (1). Image related issues are difficult to detect by a naked eye, making most researchers in life science at the risk of publishing manuscripts with image issues.

While image integrity issues are often unintentional, not using the appropriate tools to resolve them before publication can be detrimental to the researchers' reputation. Publishers may reject the paper without disclosing a reason.

Alternatively, if a paper is published with the image issues, others in the community may flag the issue, either on social media or PubPeer. This can lead to costly investigations and lasting reputational damage, making it much more difficult to gain funding, publish content in the future and progress in your scientific career.

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How does Proofig benefit researchers?

Proofig was created by researchers – for researchers.

Out of a deep understanding of the need for accuracy in scientific publication and a great motivation to support you in bringing your best work into the world, Proofig’s software provides:

  • Accurate analysis of manuscripts, reducing human error

  • Automatic analysis of a large number of images in a manuscript, providing reports in minutes

  • Significant time and effort reduction through minimization of post-publication critique risk

All results are fully confidential – the system operates on a private, secure server

Proofig extracts images from papers and compares each image to itself and then to the rest of the images to detect duplications or other anomalies. It also compares each flipped image with the other images in the uploaded files.

Check your manuscript, confidentially and automatically, in 3 simple steps:

  • Upload your PDF manuscript and submit it for sub-image detection. The system leverages AI to analyse your manuscript and mark all sub-images within the figures.

  • Review the detected sub-images and validate results, then submit the manuscript for integrity detection.

  • Review the suspected issues Proofig has flagged for you and add only relevant findings to the final report. The system processes your selections within minutes and you’ve got the full report, which can be printed (PDF) or seen as is, within the system. The report includes both a page view of the suspected issue as well as a detailed view of each issue you confirmed.

How does it work?

Who are Proofig's clients?

Proofig’s clients include PIs and senior researchers in life sciences, as well as integrity role holders from top universities and prominent international publishers, such as AACR | SAGE Publishing | RSC | JCI |Taylor & Francis.

Proofig has been quoted in Nature and COPE as a leader in the field of image integrity.

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