Proofig for Ethics Committees

The benefits of automated image integrity detection software for scientific publishing

What is Proofig?

We’ve developed a cutting-edge AI solution for automatic identification of scientific image issues. 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.

How does Proofig benefit academic integrity position holders?

The Journal of Clinical Investigation editorial clearly states; “Data accuracy forms the foundation of the scientific enterprise, and without it, the enterprise risks crumbling” (1) .

 

According to leading image data integrity analyst Jana Christopher, despite the importance of image integrity, , the percentage of manuscripts flagged for image related problems ranges from 20 to 35 percent (2).

As senior officials entrusted with managing the integrity in your university, we share your concern for maintaining the highest level of accuracy and professionalism in all scientific publications.

Proofig’s solution offers integrity officials:

  • Assistance in conducting investigations efficiently

  • Accurate analysis of manuscripts, reducing human error 

  • Automatic analysis of many images and manuscripts, providing reports in minutes

  • Significant saving in time & cost

  • Fully confidential results

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How does it work?

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 each manuscript, confidentially and automatically, in three simple steps:

  • Upload manuscript (PDF) and submit it for sub-image detection. The system leverages AI to analyse the 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 and add only relevant findings to the final report. The system processes your selections within seconds 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.

Who uses Proofig already?

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

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

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