Scient Journals strictly follows the rules and regulations provided by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and as a part of their authorship guidelines and never encourages “Plagiarism”.
Plagiarism in simple words can be defined as copying the existing data without citing the original one. According to Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), it is a scientific misconduct and is not only data fabrication but also can be data falsification, manipulation, use of others’ published or unpublished data without their permission or consent.
The plagiarism of content has been increasing in recent days and the reasons behind this may be the institutional pressure on the students by making publications, a compulsion or may be copying the data is an easier alternative.
Not only plagiarism, but there also exists self-plagiarism which is reusing their own data. There are situations where the authors provides the information from their own previous publications without appropriate citing and this is treated as self-plagiarism, which is also not encouraged by Scient Journals. There are various tools or software programs to detect the plagiarized content and even editors and reviewers help in detecting it.
Scient's Plagiarism policy can be summarized as,
- Strictly follows "NO PLAGIARISM"
- Every manuscript received will be checked for plagiarism
- No part of manuscript should have plagiarized content
- All the authors of the manuscript will be equally responsible for the data provided in the manuscript
- The data submitted in the manuscript should be original and in case of mentioning the already existing data, proper references should be provided
- Failing to present appropriate citations in the article can be considered as theft of the data and the submitted manuscript will be treated as a duplicate and may lead to rejection
- Even the self-plagiarism is not encouraged and authors should follow a proper referencing format for citing even their own articles
- Acceptable limit of any kind of plagiarism in the manuscripts received is 20%
- In case of finding more than 20% of plagiarized content, the editorial office will inform the authors and demand an explanation on the issue
- The corresponding author should revert with an explanation within 20 days of receiving the letter from the editorial office
- Further processing of manuscript will not be carried out until a valid explanation is received by the editorial office
- If the author's explanation is found acceptable, the review process will be resumed after making the necessary changes or providing required references