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Plagiarism Policy

"Plagiarism" can occur in two forms:

  1. Author(s) intentionally copy someone else’s work and claim it as their own, or
  2. Author(s) copy his or her own previously published material either in full or in part, without providing appropriate references - also called "self-plagiarism" or "duplicate-publication".

Plagiarism before publication

EJC will judge any case of plagiarism on its own merits. If plagiarism is detected, either by the editors, peer reviewers, or editorial staff at any stage before publication of a manuscript - before or after acceptance, during editing or at page proof stage, we will alert the author(s), asking him or her to either rewrite the text or quote the text exactly and to cite the original source. If the plagiarism is extensive - that is, if at least 20% of the original submission is plagiarized - the article may be rejected, and the author's institution/employer notified.

When is a plagiarism check done?

Every manuscript submitted for publication in the journal of Mayas Publication is checked for plagiarism after submission and before being sent to an editor for editorial review.

How is a plagiarism check done?

EJC uses Turnitin to detect overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts.
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How are manuscripts with plagiarism handled?

The manuscripts in which plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of plagiarism present in the manuscript.

  • If ≤10% of plagiarism – The manuscript is assigned with a manuscript ID, and it is immediately sent to the Editor-in-Chief of the concerned journal for editorial review.
  • If 10% to 25% of plagiarism – The manuscript is NOT assigned with a manuscript ID, and it is immediately sent back to the authors for content revision.
  • If ≥25% plagiarism – The manuscript is rejected without editorial review. The authors are advised to revise the plagiarized parts of the manuscript and resubmit it as a new manuscript.

Why are manuscripts with ≥25% plagiarism rejected?

It is our experience that if a submitted manuscript has more than or equal to 25% of plagiarism, it is implausible that the authors will revise the manuscript and submit the revised version. If the manuscript is kept in the journal publication system indefinitely, it creates an extra burden on the technical and human resources. However, authors are welcome to do the required revisions and submit the manuscript as a new submission.

Plagiarism

It may happen that the manuscript is not freely accessible to article indexing services due to restrictions by programmers, journals, or publishers, or it is available on the journal website but not yet indexed by article indexing services. In such cases, when a plagiarism check is done, the content of the manuscript being checked cannot be compared to the original manuscript due to restrictions, and plagiarism will not be detected.

Duplicate publication

  • The same manuscript, with or without minor changes, is submitted to two or more journals at the same time, and it is published in both journals,
  • A manuscript is submitted to a journal, but it is withdrawn from the journal before publication and is submitted to another journal; however, it is still published in the first journal.

In the above cases, when the pre-processing check is done by one journal, the duplicate publication will not be detected, as the manuscript is still under process in the other journal and has not been published online. One journal will likely publish the manuscript, unaware that it is also being published in the other journal.

After the manuscript is published in all the above examples, readers will see two published articles in two different journals with all or some content that is exactly the same.

What can you do if you come across a case of plagiarism in any journal from any publisher?

If you come across a case of plagiarism in any journal from any publisher, please do inform the editorial office(s) of all the involved journals, giving them the journal names, the title of manuscripts, name of authors, volume number, issue number, year of publication and any other information you may have. The editorial offices will handle the cases as per their policy.

Plagiarism after publication

If plagiarism is detected after publication, the journal of Mayas Publication will conduct an investigation. If plagiarism is found, the concernedjournal’s editorial office will contact the author’s institute and funding agencies. The paper containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.

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