Policy of Plagiarism
Papers submitted to IJERMCE journal will be screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck/iThenticate/Turnitin plagiarism detection tools. Apart from that we check with Copy scape for plagiarism. IJERMCE journal will immediately reject papers without reviewing the paper leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism.
Adapted from Bella H. Plagiarism. Saudi J Med Med Sci 2014;2:127
The IJERMCE Journal utilizes the CrossCheck/iThenticate/Turnitin plagiarism software application for the purposes of identifying any occurrences of repeated and plagiarized text within manuscripts that have been submitted for review. The CrossCheck/iThenticate/Turnitin plagiarism software performs comprehensive checks of the text of manuscripts, comparing the text against a broad reference base consisting of all existing publications, every popular article and journal database, as well as the entire Web in general. Upon successfully comparing the text of a manuscript with all these references, it produced a report which highlights the percentage of text that has been plagiarized and the percentage of text that is completely genuine. In cases where the CrossCheck/iThenticate/Turnitin plagiarism software detects plagiarism, it also provides the exact source from which the text was copied. This helps the editorial committee further examine the report and the suspected plagiarism to verify if the claims of the application are indeed factual.
Types of Plagiarism
It is a well-known fact that all academic and scholarly manuscripts are composed only after the careful analysis and reviewing of previously published work. As a result, it might be hard to define the borders between definite and distinct plagiarism and permissible referrals. This is why the below-listed guidelines have been formulated to offer a clear idea of how text can be identified and categorized as being plagiarized.
The following can be categorized as being plagiarized text -words, sentences, concepts, and research outcomes that have been used without adequate citations, and that are completely identical to someone else's work.
- Recycling text (also referred to in the industry as self-plagiarism) which involves the use of an author's own work from another publication elsewhere, without any adequate citations and recognition of the original source.
- inadequate and scant paraphrasing which involves the lifting of entire paragraphs from another source, without altering the structure of the sentences comprehensively or altering the structure but not replacing words.
- Lifting entire sentences without placing them in quotation marks, and failing to cite the original sources.
- offering adequate citations and recognition of original sources, but failing to paraphrase sentences appropriately or placing them within quotation marks is also categorized as involuntary plagiarism. Likewise, text, where sentences are paraphrased in part and quoted in part, are also categorized as involuntary plagiarism. The norm is to either paraphrase such text completely or to place the entire text within quotation marks, while also offering citations of the original sources.
- stark similarities in the text within different parts of a manuscript, such as the -
- materials and methods utilized,
- discussion, and
are categorized as plagiarized text. This can easily be avoided by paying careful attention to the text and paraphrasing frequently used sentences and using synonyms for frequently used words. Albeit, some technical terms and jargon cannot be altered. The editorial committee of IJERMCE is well aware of such complications and will make concessions in these cases.
Plagiarism in Published Manuscripts
Manuscripts that have been found to contain plagiarized text post-publication, will be removed from the IJERMCE Journal website after due investigation by the editorial committee and confirmation from the journal's Editor-in-chief. Subsequently, a 'Notice of Retraction' along with a link to the original source will be appended to the retraction notification in the issue in which the work was originally published.