Tagged: essay mills

An Examination Of How Successful Essay Mills And Contract Cheating Services Have Been In Integrating Within Different Academic Disciplines

Most of the research into contract cheating focuses on this problem as every academic discipline is the same. But essay mills are savvy and are marketing to students based on their background.

These slides, presented at Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond, review the demand for contract cheating in different discipline groups, as well as the marketing reach of contract cheating services to discipline groups.

The slides are available on the SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster. They are also included below.


Exploring Low-Cost Contract Cheating Provision Enabled Through Micro-Outsourcing Web Sites

This presentation from Plagiarism Across Europe And Beyond 2019 looks at how contract cheating writers and providers are using Fiverr.com to connect with students. It provides comparative data from 2016 and 2018.

The slides are available on the SlideShare account for Thomas Lancaster. They are also included below.


Profiling the international academic ghost writers who are providing low-cost essays and assignments for the contract cheating industry

Thomas Lancaster, (2018) “Profiling the international academic ghost writers who are providing low-cost essays and assignments for the contract cheating industry”, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-04-2018-0040

Abstract

Purpose

Students have direct access to academic ghost writers who are able to provide for their assessment needs without the student needing to do any of the work. These ghost writers are helping to fuel the international industry of contract cheating, raising ethical dilemmas, but not much is known about the writers, their business or how they operate. This paper aims to explore how the ghost writers market their services and operate, based on observable information.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews data from providers actively offering contract cheating services available to the public on Fiverr.com, a low-cost micro outsourcing site. The search term write essay is used to identify providers, finding 103 Gigs from 96 unique providers. Visible information, such as provider marketing, advertised services, pricing information and customer reviews, is analysed.

Findings

The results demonstrate that bespoke essays are readily available to students at a low cost. The majority of providers operate from Kenya. Revenue calculations indicate a price point of US$31.73 per 1,000 words, below the cost of traditional essay mills, but show that these 96 providers have generated around US$270,000 of essay writing business between them.

Originality/value

This study affords a look into a complex and established industry whose inner workings are normally kept private and for which little published information currently exists. The research adds to what is known about the extent, location and operation of the contract cheating industry.

https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-04-2018-004