(22 Aug 2022) Taylor & Francis has announced the beginning of a 6-month pilot of Proofig image integrity software, as part of an ongoing program to prevent image duplication and manipulation in academic journal articles.
Image duplication or manipulation is a serious form of misconduct which involves inappropriately duplicating, manipulating, or fabricating images. Even where image duplication has occurred due to honest error, this still damages the integrity of the scholarly record, and corrective action needs to be taken urgently.
Proofig software uses artificial intelligence, computer vision and image processing to analyze figures and report on potential examples of duplication for further review. During the trial Proofig will be available to the Taylor & Francis Publishing Ethics and Integrity Team alongside other tools, including manual checking by trained staff.
The press release in full is here.