International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 12 (2022) No. 2, pages: 589-599, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.12.2.14711

Cross-Language Plagiarism Detection: Methods, Tools, and Challenges: A Systematic Review

Miguel Botto-Tobar, Alexander Serebrenik, Mark G.J. van den Brand


Plagiarism is one of the most serious academic offenses. However, people have adopted different approaches to avoid plagiarism, such as transcribing excerpts from one language. Thus, it is challenging to realize this plagiarism form unless someone fully understands another language. Researchers have developed approaches for detecting plagiarism in a variety of different languages. However, most methods created in the past have proved effective for detecting plagiarism in papers published in a single language, most notably English. Therefore, this paper aims to provide a systematic literature review of cross-language plagiarism detection methods (CLPD) in a natural language context. The approach used to perform this study consisted of an extensive search for relevant literature through an SLR and Snowballing. Therefore, we present an overview of (i) cross-language plagiarism detection techniques; (ii)the artifacts and the aspects that were considered in the evaluation phase; and(iii) the lack of guidelines and tools for its implementation. Its contribution lies in its ability to highlight emerging cross-language plagiarism detection techniques trends. Further, we identify any of these techniques in other domains, for instance, software engineering.


Cross-language; plagiarism detection; SLR; snowballing.

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