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What’s New? The 2024 Quarter One Copyleaks Newsletter

A Word From Our CEO

With 2024 being a crucial election year, the potential misuse of AI has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind, from creating believable enough robocalls of President Biden to deep fake images of Taylor Swift and others. As a result, we saw new AI regulations roll out across the US and the European Union. Elsewhere in the AI race, Google expanded its offering with the rebranded Gemini, including teaming with Apple to be the provider of AI within the iPhone. Amazon concluded its 4 billion investment in Anthropic, the maker of Claude.

Meanwhile, the team at Copyleaks has spent quarter 1 continuing to rise to the demand of the ever-changing landscape, which includes our new data report on AI use among students. Plus, we saw a plethora of product and feature releases:  the latest version of our award-winning AI Content Detector; Analytics, which provides organizations with historical data to track trends of AI and plagiarism use; and our newest product, the AI-based Writing Assistant, the market’s most accurate solution for suggesting grammar, spelling, sentence structure, tone, and more.

We’re in for an exciting year as the AI race continues. As usual, Copyleaks will continue to lead the way in our efforts to provide cutting-edge solutions for making informed decisions about authenticity, error-free writing, plagiarism, and, of course, responsible AI adoption. 

Alon Yamin

CEO & Co-Founder

Product & Feature Announcements

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Writing Assistant

The market’s most accurate solution for improving sentence structure, word choice, overall mechanics, spelling, and more.

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LMS Analytics

Provides educators with historical data of assignments to track trends of potential AI use, plagiarism, and more.

Company Announcements

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Copyleaks’ Data Finds 76% Spike in AI-generated Content Among Students

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Copyleaks Analysis Finds Nearly 60% of GPT-3.5 Outputs Contained Some Form of Plagiarized Content

Copyleaks Celebrates Landmark Year, Experiencing Significant Growth and Innovation in AI Content Detection, Plagiarism Prevention, and Responsible AI Adoption

Check Out Our All-New Podcast!

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Original Source is a Copyleaks podcast about all things AI, plagiarism, and more.


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Analytics Webinar

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Copyleaks Workshop: 
Getting the Most From Your Copyleaks Account

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From the Newsroom

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Enhancing Academic Integrity Guardrails With AI


ChatGPT: What It Is, How It Works and How It’s Evolving

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European Parliament Passes Landmark AI Act, World’s First Comprehensive Law Regulating Artificial Intelligence

For more media features, please visit the Copyleaks Newsroom.

From the Blog

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An Election Year With GenAI

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Plagiarism’s Second Act

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Undetectable AI Tools: Are They Worth It?

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GenAI In 2024

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Copyleaks Research Finds That Plagiarism Among Students Continues As AI Use Increases from January 2023 to January 2024

One Year Later: ChatGPT and Education

In March of 2023, four months after the industry-disrupting debut of ChatGPT, Copyleaks released a study to answer the question: How prevalent is AI-generated content in education? Compiling anonymized data from tens of thousands of college and high school students worldwide using Copyleaks from January and February 2023, we found that 11.21% of all assignments, from high school to college, contained some form of AI-generated content with a 95.30% increase in usage from January to February.  

These findings, along with several high-profile plagiarism cases within higher education at the end of 2023 and the start of 2024, led us to ask: what is the current trend of plagiarism rates within education more than a year after the release of generative AI? Has AI impacted or altogether removed the need for plagiarism among students? 

Over a year after the release of ChatGPT, we decided it was time to determine the overall effect that generative AI has had on education, specifically the rates of AI among student assignments and how AI has impacted rates of plagiarism. 

Here is what we found.

To Conduct This Analysis

To study the trends of plagiarism and AI rates among students from January 2023 to January 2024, we compiled 13 months worth of anonymized data from tens of thousands of college and high school students from the same educational institutions as our prior study, all of which have been using the AI Content Detector and Plagiarism Detector since January 2023.

Average Rate of AI and Plagiarism Over 13 Months

While generative AI might have had some impact on plagiarism rates among students, it certainly did not eliminate it. Over the 13 months, plagiarism rates did decrease as AI gradually increased, but it remained prevalent.

January 2023 vs January 2024

Rate of AI

Rate of Plagiarism

Average Rate of AI and Plagiarism Quarterly Breakdown

The first quarter of 2023 saw a spike in AI and plagiarism among students within February. However, by March, plagiarism declined while AI continued to climb despite most educational institutions banning AI use. During this time, the next iteration of ChatGPT, GPT-4, was released on March 14, 2023, and Google’s Bard (later rebranded as Gemini) was released on March 21, 2023.

The second quarter reflects educational seasonality, with a spike in AI and plagiarism in April and May, coinciding with finals, but then a gradual decrease through June.

The third quarter of the year did not see a steep decline in AI use among year-round students and those attending summer sessions. During July of 2023, the percentage of papers and assignments scanned that contained AI jumped to 23.03% from 11.18% in June and remained around 3% higher than Quarter 2. However, the percentage of assignments and papers that contained plagiarism decreased in August but only by 4% since Quarter 1. At the end of July, a new AI model, Claude, was released onto the market. GrammarlyGO from Grammarly, powered by Azure OpenAI, the same LLM that powers ChatGPT, was released on August 25, 2023, with a marketing rollout targeted primarily at students.

The fourth quarter saw the most significant average increase of AI within student assignments, reaching a new high in December with 25.39%, compared to 11.92% at the start of the year. Furthermore, plagiarism averaged around 27% at the beginning of the quarter. However, plagiarism took a significant dip in December to 10.54%, potentially attributed to a heightened focus on plagiarism within education following a high-profile plagiarism case at a leading US university at the start of December. In January 2024, the rate of AI among students had risen over 9% compared to January 2023, and the rate of plagiarism had fallen by almost 18% compared to the previous year.

Average Rate of AI and Plagiarism By Country

January 2023 – January 2024

Across the 13 months of data, considerable geographic differences exist among the percentage of student papers and assignments containing AI content and plagiarism.

Percentage of Papers that Contained
AI Generated & Plagiarized Content

Average Rate of AI and Plagiarism By School Type

January 2023 – January 2024

Similarly, there were considerable variances across different institution types regarding the percentage of student papers and assignments containing AI content and plagiarism.

Average Rate of AI and Plagiarism By College Type

January 2023 – January 2024

Finally, there were also considerable variances across types of colleges in the percentage of student papers and assignments containing AI content and plagiarism.

Key Takeaways

The data continues to underscore the need for organizations to adopt multi-prong solutions that detect both the presence of AI-generated content and potential plagiarism. In doing so, these solutions can provide transparency around potential plagiarism, including that from generative AI. As the data shows, AI and plagiarism began to coalesce somewhat in the latter half of the year, highlighting the importance of having insight into whether the content was human-written or AI-generated and where it originated from. That’s why full-spectrum protection, including AI and plagiarism detection, helps uphold academic integrity while empowering authenticity and originality within all content. 

To view and download a PDF version of this study, click here.