Research Support

Using Turnitin

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online software that helps support the development of your skills in preparing written assignments.

How does Turnitin work?

Institutions license Turnitin on an annual basis. Students are granted Turnitin accounts and can submit papers only after an instructor sets up a class and register them as students to that class.

Usage of Turnitin

All graduate students are provided with Turnitin accounts during the time they are enrolled in their respective graduate program to aid them prepare their academic written assignments. Students are encouraged to regularly use Turnitin to improve their research and writing skills.

Originality Check

OriginalityCheck compares the text of the submitted paper to a vast database of 24+ billion pages of digital content (including archived Internet content that is no longer available), over 250 million papers in the student archive, and 120,000+ professional, academic and commercial journals and publications. The software is regularly updated. The OriginalityCheck provides both the instructor and student with a comprehensive view and deeper insight into the student’s writing.

Originality Report

The Originality Report provides a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper. Similarity is given as a percentage number. The higher the percentage, the greater the amount of text in the submission that came up as matching against information in Turnitin’s repositories. The percentage range runs from 0% to 100%. The percentage is generated by the amount of similar or matching text compared to the number of words in the submission in total.

Originality Reports are typically completed within 10-15 minutes for the first submission, but may take longer if there is heavy usage or very large submissions. Originality Reports for any resubmission will require an additional 24 hours to generate.

What does the Similarity Index mean?

The color of the report icon is linked to the percentage range and is based on the amount of matching text found by the repository comparison.

Warning: These indices in no way reflect Turnitin’s assessment of whether a paper contains plagiarized material or improperly used material. The Originality Report provides instructors with a tool to more easily locate matching or similar text within the text of a submitted work. The determination and adjudication of proper citation and plagiarism are left solely to the instructor and institution to which the work was submitted.
GSM students should carefully read the information about interpreting the Turnitin Similarity Reports on the URL below before submitting their Research Project.

Turnitin Login Page

Setting up Your Turnitin Account

All students receive an announcement email from Turnitin with instructions how to setup their account.
The following information is required to setup your APU Turnitin account sop lease make sure that you correctly enter it.

  • - First Name: Your full name as printed on your student ID card
  • - Last Name: APU User ID (the part before @ mark of your APU mail address)
  • - Email Address: ********
    *You should setup your password yourself.
If you cannot find the email in your Inbox, please also check your Spam folder. If you still have not received the announcement email, please contact the Academic Office.

Reference Pages

Student Quick Start Guide
Using Feedback Studio
Forgotten Your Password (*The Academic Office does not know your password!)
Turnitin HelpDesk

APU Research Office

The Research Office can provide support for PhD Students conducting research for their APU doctoral dissertation. Information is also available on various academic conferences, etc. Please see the Research Office homepage for further details.
APU Research Office

Research Subsidy

The APU Research Office may be able to offer a subsidy to those PhD students who present at an academic conference. Please see the following for more details.
PhD Research Support Subsidy

Faculty Database

APU has developed a faculty database that allows our faculty (APU faculty) to publicize their research activities within Japan and across the world. Making our latest research results and research projects public is useful for developing partnerships with industry, promoting human resource exchange, and advancing collaborative research projects.
The contents of the Faculty Database are not only displayed on APU’s homepage, but also made available to the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s (JST) researchmap. Detailed information can be found on the Research Office website.
Faculty Database Search Page

Extended Leave from APU (Field Research, etc.)

Those planning to leave the University for field research for an extended period (1 month or more) without taking a Leave of Absence, must inform the Academic Office of your Report on Activities Outside APU after receiving approval from your supervisor.

The reasons for this requirement are as follows:

  1. For the management of your student visa, the Japan Immigration Bureau, Student Office and Academic Office must be informed of your academic progress each semester. However, if a student is not attending classes and/or is away from the university for an extended period, the university has no confirmation or proof of status as a student. The Report on Activities Outside APU may be used in this case to prove your status as a student.
  2. In case of emergency or natural disaster abroad, the university will be able to quickly confirm the safety of its students.
In case of Leave of Absence, procedures must be conducted in advance at the Student Support Center.

Those who plan to leave the university for an extended period (for field research, etc.) should complete the Report on Activities Outside APU for submission to the Academic Office prior to departure*.

*Activities must be approved by the supervisor before reporting to the Academic Office.
*GSM students who do not have a supervisor (1st semester students) should receive approval from the Dean. In other cases where the supervisor is undecided, please consult with the Academic Office.

Download the Report on Activities Outside APU