Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a serious offense against intellectual property rights.

Plagiarism relates to the verbatim or near-verbatim copying or paraphrasing of portions of another’s text without referencing the original source, thus claiming them as one’s own. Verbatim or near-verbatim copying of one's own copyrighted article without referencing the original source is called self-plagiarism, and it is also an offense against intellectual property rights.

As part of our commitment to protecting the integrity of the scholarly record, works submitted for publication are automatically and systematically screened through a similarity detection platform, Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate, to prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against a database of over 60 billion web pages and 155 million content items, including 49 million works from 800 scholarly publisher participants of Crossref Similarity Check. As part of the plagiarism detection process, the submitted work is copied for internal checking purposes and a copy may be retained by the publisher, although not further disseminated or integrated into the Similarity Check.

The similarity report includes a percentage score, called a "Similarity Index", which indicates how much of the document matches other sources. A high similarity score does not necessarily determine whether a manuscript contains plagiarism. Crossref Similarity Check identifies content in a submitted manuscript that has overlaps with one or more other sources which might be re-used text that has been legitimately cited.

Our partner as a Crossref publisher member, participates in the Similarity Check service and does comply to all obligations and requirements in order to actively engage in efforts to prevent scholarly and professional plagiarism.

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