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Resubmissions to Turnitin (and why it says Pending)


There are many reasons why you may want to resubmit to Turnitin. Perhaps you discover a mistake, or you were only checking your similarity report ahead of the deadline. This guide helps you to understand what you can and cannot do with resubmissions.

How many times can I resubmit to Turnitin?

Resubmissions are possible up until the due date. You may upload an updated version of your paper as many times as you need to up until the deadline. Ideally, please use your Turnitin Test page (accessible via Dashboard or My modules) to check your similarity score and only upload your final versions onto the module page.

Before the due date, you can simply follow the same process used for submitting an assignment.

If the inbox was set up not to allow late submissions, you will not be able to upload anything to it after the deadline has passed.

If the inbox was set up to accept late submissions, you will have one single attempt to upload your final version after the deadline but only if you hadn’t previously made a submission. If you have though, you will receive the following error message and Turnitin will not allow you to overwrite your previous paper.

If you still wish to make a submission after the deadline, please discuss this with your tutor.

Why does the similarity report say Pending after I resubmit?


Turnitin allows you to resubmit 3 times, and then you must wait 24 hours. If you make a resubmission, you will see this message:

You have already submitted a paper to this assignment and a Similarity Report was generated for your submission. If you choose to resubmit your paper, your earlier submission will be replaced and a new report will be generated. After 3 resubmissions, you will need to wait 24 hours after a resubmission to see a new Similarity Report.

This policy is set by TurnitinUK. Moodle Support is not able to override this or make reports generate faster. We will not delete submissions so that you can start resubmitting again.

This does not mean that your submission will be considered late, even if the report is still pending after the due date. The time and date shown in the submitted column is considered your official submission time. Your tutors all understand that sometimes the report will take longer.

Please only contact us if the report has taken longer than 24 hours to appear. Contact us with a link to the Moodle site, the name of the inbox where you submitted it, and the Paper ID number.

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